Diagnosis & Co-Management of Glaucoma
Glaucoma is not just one eye disease, but rather a group of eye conditions related to abnormally high pressure in the eye. As a result of this increased pressure, the optic nerve can become damaged and vision loss can follow. The two types of glaucoma include primary open-angle glaucoma and acute angle-closure glaucoma. Both can lead to serious and permanent harm to vision, but early diagnosis of glaucoma can help significantly.
Our optometrists in Blue Island can diagnose glaucoma and provide co-management care to help you deal with the disease and take action to decrease the progression of damage.
Glaucoma Diagnosis in Blue Island
The second leading cause of blindness and sometimes called the silent thief of sight, glaucoma can damage your vision so gradually you may not notice any loss of vision until the disease is at an advanced stage. The most common type of glaucoma, primary open-angle glaucoma, often has no noticeable signs or symptoms in the earliest stages. Although glaucoma is most prevalent among individuals over the age of fifty, it can start at any age.
Fortunately, early diagnosis and glaucoma treatment can minimize or prevent optic nerve damage and limit glaucoma-related vision loss. The best way to diagnose glaucoma is to regularly get your eyes checked. Our eye exams in Blue Island consist of a series of tests including ones designed to measure eye pressure and other signs of the disease like vision loss. Through these exams, our doctors are able to diagnose glaucoma as well as begin formulating a plan on how to manage glaucoma best for your specific situation.
Treatment for Glaucoma
Eye disease management is an important part of maintaining good eye health. Without care, glaucoma could leave to complete vision blindness, but proper treatment and glaucoma management can drastically slow down or decrease the negative effects of the disease.
There are different ways how to treat glaucoma depending on the type and severity of the disease. If you are diagnosed with glaucoma, our doctors will work with you on the next best steps and determine the best glaucoma management plan for you.
Glaucoma treatment and management may include:
- Prescription eye drops
Managing glaucoma can be involved and may require working with an ophthalmologist as well. If necessary, we will refer you to an ophthalmologist in the area and work together to create a glaucoma treatment plan that best meets your needs.
Do not wait until serious damage is already done. Make your appointment today and get checked for glaucoma at our Blue Island office.