Glaucoma can be a very frightening eye diagnosis. After all, any damage done by glaucoma is not reversible, and if you don't take action to slow its progress, this eye disease can lead to blindness. But there is hope, as there are different types of treatment available to help save your existing eyesight.
The important thing is to get diagnosed, then talk to your eye doctor about what works best for you. Since glaucoma often doesn't have symptoms, it is recommended that you start getting tested for this eye disease at age 40, especially if you also have any associated risk factors. An optometrist on our optometry team at Primary Eyecare & Optical of Meridian serving Meridian, MS, can help perform a comprehensive eye exam to check for glaucoma as well as other eye disorders.
Should I be Screened for Glaucoma?
Yes, if you are:
- 40 or older
- have a family history of glaucoma
- are African American, East Asian, or Hispanic
- have an existing health condition such as diabetes or high blood pressure
- have been taking certain medications
Early detection cannot be stressed enough because only then is it possible to save your sight. Once you notice vision loss, it is impossible for us to recover it.
Once we perform an eye exam, an eye doctor on our team can help determine whether your eyesight is fine, if you are at high risk for glaucoma, or if you have glaucoma. If there is a concern, we can discuss treatment options. Having yearly exams, keeping your weight in check, and exercising are all helpful in slowing the progress of this eye disease, but often, that is not enough.
A common cause of glaucoma is high eye pressure which may contribute to intraocular pressure. A common treatment an optometrist on our optometry team might suggest for glaucoma is eye drops. These eye drops can help improve the drainage of eye liquid, which can reduce the optic pressure in your eye.
If eye drops alone don't bring down your intraocular pressure, you may need a prescription for oral medication. Other treatments for glaucoma may include laser therapy (the eye doctor uses a laser beam to open clogged channels), drainage tubes (tiny tube shunt is placed to help drainage), and minimally invasive glaucoma surgery or MIGS. Sometimes an eye doctor on our optometry team may even suggest cataract surgery to help reduce intraocular pressure.
Visit an Optometrist on Our Optometry Team for Glaucoma Screening and Treatment
We at Primary Eyecare & Optical of Meridian serving Meridian, MS, are here to provide optical care, including diagnosis of glaucoma. Call us at (601) 485-2020 to schedule an appointment with an optometrist on our optometry team.