Glaucoma is a critical condition that attacks your optic nerve. If not treated early, it will negatively affect your eyesight. The condition is a leading cause of low vision and vision loss in the United States. At Lavenburg Medical Group, we offer comprehensive eye care to our clients to help preserve their vision. Our optometrist serves the residents of Elkton MD, Newark DE, and Wilmington DE.
What is Glaucoma?
Glaucoma is a condition of the eye that affects the optic nerve. The disease can be a result of various causes, or it can be hereditary. Glaucoma occurs when your eye's internal pressure increases. is commonly known as "A group of related conditions," since there are many differences and variances in the types and causes.
Scientists are yet to find the root cause of glaucoma. The main reason why the optic nerve gets damaged is because of the blockage of passages that are responsible for draining the fluid in your eye. Because of the blockage, the fluid builds up, and this increases your interocular pressure. Since these blood vessels and nerve fibers are fragile, the increased pressure damages them, leading to vision loss. Causes that may increase intraocular pressure include injuries, eye tumors, and infection.
What Are the Types of Glaucoma and What Are Their Symptoms?
There are several types of glaucoma, but the two most common are acute angle-closure and open-angle glaucoma. Symptoms of open-angle glaucoma include:
- Tunnel vision
- Patchy blind spots in peripheral vision
Acute Angle Closure Symptoms
- Severe headache
- Blurred vision
- Eye pain and redness
- Halos around lights
Will I Go Blind Once I Develop Glaucoma?
Not many patients go blind after contracting glaucoma. It only causes blindness if left untreated. The majority of glaucoma patients stabilize after appropriate treatment and follow-up. By working with our eye doctor in managing your condition, you will preserve your vision. Upon diagnosis of glaucoma, your eye pressure should be checked every month or week to ensure it remains stable.
Is Glaucoma Curable?
The truth is this disease is not curable. Once you get this condition, it cannot be reversed. However, our doctors can stop or slow down the vision loss process with surgery, laser treatment, and medication.
Contact Us for Ophthalmology Services in Elkton, MD, Newark, DE, and Wilmington, DE
Do you suspect you have glaucoma? Our ophthalmology specialists at Lavenburg Medical Group can conduct a thorough diagnosis to determine whether or not you have glaucoma and provide treatment accordingly. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call us today at (302) 993-0722.