Glaucoma Services from Your Williamsburg, Washington, and Tiffin, IA Optometrists
A glaucoma diagnosis signals the risk of blindness. For this reason, patients with this eye disease must undergo treatment for the remainder of their lives. During regular vision exams, our doctors screen patients at our Williamsburg, Washington, or Tiffin Axis Vision Care office for this and other eye diseases. Each patient with a confirmed diagnosis receives individualized treatment from our optometry practice.
Patients with glaucoma have an eye disease that cannot be prevented or cured. It arises because of pressure from eye fluid on the optic nerve. This pressure occurs when aqueous humor in the eye cannot circulate and drain properly.
The objective of eye doctors treating this condition is to save as much of the patient’s vision as possible. While the disease often affects both eyes, it is possible to develop it in just one eye or to experience it to different degrees in each eye.
Risk factors include:
- Being at least 40 years old
- Having Russian, Inuit, Hispanic, Irish, African-American, Scandinavian, or Japanese ethnicity
- Suffering from certain medical conditions, such as diabetes
- Using corticosteroid medications
- Experiencing earlier eye trauma
- Possessing poor sight
Unfortunately, many cases remain undiagnosed until advanced because of the inability of patients to detect symptoms in the early stages of the disease. The most common symptoms include blurry vision, eyes that look cloudy, some loss of peripheral vision, halos surrounding lights, headaches, and eye pain.
There are two primary types of this disease. The open-angle type is much more prevalent than the angle-closure type. The feature that differentiates them is the cause of insufficient fluid drainage.
Treatment Options at Our Optometry Practice
Our optometry practice diagnoses glaucoma during a comprehensive vision exam. This involves assessing the patient’s medical history and taking visual acuity, eye pressure, and corneal thickness measurements. Our optometrist conducts visual field testing, evaluates the retina of each eye, and sometimes performs additional evaluations. Early diagnosis and treatment are essential to preserve maximum vision.
The goal is halting or slowing damage to the optic nerve. While treatment varies among patients, common options include the use of medicated eye drops, systemic drugs, and eyewear to correct refractive issues. In some cases, surgery is an effective option for reducing eye pressure.
Schedule an Exam with Our Williamsburg Optometrist
Our Axis Vision Care doctors provide personalized eye care to individuals of all ages, including treatment for eye emergencies. They stress that the best way to protect your vision is to undergo regular exams. Be sure to call us today to make an appointment with one of our optometrists at the office most convenient for you: Williamsburg (319-668-8000), Washington (319-653-4558), or Tiffin (319-545-2252).