Glaucoma is a complicated eye condition, and you are bound to have questions. We have answers. Trust Axis Vision Care, with optometry locations in Tiffin, Washington and Williamsburg, Iowa, for all your eye care needs. The following are the answers to some frequently asked questions we hear at our clinic.
What is Glaucoma?
Glaucoma is an eye disease that leads to vision impairment and potential blindness. It can affect one of your eyes or both. It’s the leading cause of blindness for those over the age of 60.
It’s the result of a pressure buildup caused by fluid that circulates inside the eye. The fluid usually drains, but when it doesn’t it puts pressure on the optic nerve. This is known as intraocular pressure and it can interfere with the visual signals that get sent to the brain.
Over time, this degrades your peripheral vision until your sight in the affected eye dwindles to tunnel vision. This means that you can see at least fairly well from the middle of the eye, but your vision is blurry or blacked out along the edges.
As time goes by, your vision field continues to shrink. Irreversible blindness can result if treatment isn’t rendered in time.
Glaucoma can be a hereditary condition or caused by untreated high blood pressure, among other possible causes.
What are the Symptoms of Glaucoma?
Your only clue is the gradual loss of vision in the affected eye or eyes. You’ll begin to experience the tunnel vision effect described earlier. But any kind of gradual or sudden vision loss should cause you to immediately make an appointment with an optometry specialist.
Can Glaucoma be Cured?
Unfortunately, there is no cure. Glaucoma can’t be cured, but its progression can be slowed down or stopped. What this means is that the vision you’ve already lost will never be repaired or restored. But the progress of the eye disease can be stopped or stalled, especially with early detection and treatment, so that your vision impairment won’t worsen.
What Treatments are Available for Glaucoma?
When caught early, there are several ways of effectively treating this eye disease. These can range from eye drops that alleviate the pressure to conventional and laser eye surgery.
It all starts with a diagnosis. At Axis Vision Care, our optometry professionals will administer a range of eye and vision tests. None cause pain or major discomfort, but your eyes will be dilated for some of these tests. That procedure will make your vision highly sensitive to light for a short period after your appointment. For that reason, it’s important that you get a ride to and from your appointment or take public transit. It would be unsafe to drive immediately after your vision tests.
How do I start treatment?
Simply make an appointment with one of our optometrists at Axis Vision Care. With three offices -- in Tiffin, Washington, and Williamsburg -- you’re sure to find a location convenient to your home or workplace. Call us today at (319) 653-4558 or make an appointment request here.