Glaucoma is an eye disease that cannot be cured, but with timely diagnosis and treatment, you can avoid the consequences that this condition may have on your vision and the physical well-being of your eyes. At Eye Institute of Essex, we want you to know the essential information about glaucoma so that you are prepared and can expect the best chances of good outcomes in the event that you do get it.
Let’s start with the causes. Your eyes make fluid, circulate it, and drain it. Only when there is more fluid produced than can be drained does a problem arise. Your internal eye pressure increases, and that is why you get glaucoma. It’s possible that chemical contamination, an injury, inflammation, or infection could accelerate the progress of glaucoma. Symptoms are not typically obvious until the later stages, which is why you should make it a point to see our eye doctor in Kearny yearly for a screening. However, if you notice loss of vision, eye redness, pain in your eyes, tunnel vision, or halos around light in your field of vision, possibly accompanied by nausea and/or vomiting, you should not wait to be examined by our eye doctor in Kearny. Testing includes tonometry, which measures your internal eye pressure, and taking advanced photos of your optic nerve. Among the treatment options are eye drops to reduce fluid production, laser surgery to improve drainage efficiency, and microsurgery, in which a new drainage channel is created. Eye drops are the simplest, but require a lifetime commitment. If optic nerve damage has occurred, you may need surgery to address it.
Our eye doctor in Kearny encourages you to come in for an annual eye exam and glaucoma screening. Don’t risk vision loss up to and including blindness. Simply reach out to our office now and we will arrange a time for you to come in.