What Is Glaucoma?
Glaucoma is a category of disorders that can impact the eye's optic nerve, which controls carrying visual messages to the brain. When not treated early enough, glaucoma will often lead to permanent vision loss and/or total blindness. Typically, this condition happens because of elevated intraocular pressure from built-up fluid.
Because glaucoma doesn't exhibit symptoms until it impacts your vision, we always recommend scheduling comprehensive eye exams at least every two years. At Bentz Eye Center in West Palm Beach, FL, our group has the most up-to-date diagnostic techniques, and we have extensive experience in glaucoma diagnosis and management. If you are older than 40 years old, please call us to schedule your comprehensive eye exam and take a proactive approach to maintain your ocular health.
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How Is Glaucoma Diagnosed?
Two significant factors often categorize the type of glaucoma you have. These include the condition of your trabecular meshwork and the degree of the angle between the iris and cornea. If the fluid retention occurs because of a problem within the trabecular meshwork, we call this open-angle glaucoma. For other patients, if the retention happens because the space between the cornea and iris has become too constricted or blocked, this is called narrow- or closed-angle glaucoma. However, patients can also experience secondary glaucoma because of an underlying condition. To determine if you have glaucoma, we perform several diagnostic tests and eye pressure checks, like:
- Measuring the pressure inside the eye (tonometry)
- Assessing the thickness of the cornea (pachymetry)
- Reviewing the width of the angle between the iris and cornea (gonioscopy)
- Observing and digitally imaging the condition of the optic nerve
- Testing the degree of outer (as opposed to central) vision
- Looking for any spots of blindness
Once we have diagnosed glaucoma, we offer several treatment options to manage the condition by reducing eye pressure. In the early stages, our team recommends using daily eye drops. Complex cases may require other forms of glaucoma management, like minimally invasive glaucoma surgery (MIGS), laser therapies, or trabeculectomies.
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Will I go blind from Glaucoma?
When left untreated, glaucoma can lead to permanent vision loss. However, among patients who maintain regular appointments with their ophthalmologist to reduce eye pressure and monitor eye pressure, complete vision loss is very rare. We encourage you to maintain regular appointments with your ophthalmologist in West Palm Beach, FL, to ensure you maintain your ideal vision.
Can glaucoma be cured?
Unfortunately, there is currently no cure for glaucoma, and any vision loss that has already happened is permanent. Glaucoma patients in West Palm Beach, FL, can visit our center for their options to reduce eye pressure and prevent further vision loss.
How is glaucoma treated?
Depending on the stage and type of glaucoma, there are a few different treatment options that can be attempted. In the early stages, glaucoma can be treated with prescription medication and eye drops to reduce eye pressure. Later stages of glaucoma can be addressed with surgical intervention such as MIGS. Please discuss all your available options for treatment with your glaucoma specialist in West Palm Beach, FL.
Take Control of Glaucoma
At Bentz Eye Center, we regularly assist patients with managing their eye health and glaucoma. It’s comforting to know that early glaucoma diagnosis and care can reduce the chances of vision loss. Our team of expert ophthalmologists in West Palm Beach, FL encourages anyone who has symptoms or a current diagnosis of glaucoma to schedule an appointment for eye pressure check at our eye care center.