by Jamie Peters
According to the Glaucoma Research Foundation, it is estimated that over 3 million Americans have glaucoma but only half of them are aware they have it. The reason for this is because there are virtually no symptoms with the most common type of glaucoma. Your eye doctors in La Mesa CA discusses how you can learn if you have glaucoma.
Glaucoma is a silent eye disease that is usually only found during your routine eye examination. With open angle glaucoma, the most common type of glaucoma, you can’t typically see or feel any changes in your vision unless the disease has progressed substantially over the years. If glaucoma has been left un-diagnosed for a long time, then that person will experience a gradual vision loss and could go blind if left untreated. Vision loss results from damage to the optic nerve fibers, although how that damage occurs is still under debate.
The eye doctors at Vision Solutions perform a battery of tests each year to check your eye pressure, your peripheral vision, and your optic nerve anatomy to determine if there are any differences from the previous visits. The most common people at risk include:
- Anyone over age 50
- People with a family history of glaucoma
- People with a history of eye injury, eye surgery, or long term steroid use
Treatment for glaucoma includes lowering the eye’s internal eye pressure with eye drops but may also include laser surgery, glaucoma surgery, or a combination of all treatments listed.
Since January is Glaucoma Awareness Month, we highly recommend you come in to Vision Solutions for a routine eye exam to determine if you have glaucoma. To learn more about glaucoma, call us at (619) 461-4913.