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Q and A With the Pros: What Is Glaucoma?

by Jamie Peters

Glaucoma is a leading cause of vision loss in the world, affecting around 60 million people. At Vision Solutions, we are committed to spreading awareness about glaucoma. Read on as your leading provider of quality contact lenses and other eye care services answers frequently asked questions about this condition.

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Q: What Causes Glaucoma?

The space between your cornea and iris forms an angle where a trabecular meshwork can be found. Your eye fluids normally empty through this channel, a key step in keeping your intraocular pressure (IOP) at a healthy level. Glaucoma can occur when structural irregularities in the eye impair this draining process, resulting in abnormally high IOP.

Q: How Does It Affect My Visual Health?

High IOP can compress or even damage your optic nerve, interrupting the visual transmission process between your eyes and your brain. Without prompt glaucoma treatment, you may experience irreversible vision loss. Some cases may also lead to a sudden onset of blindness.

Q: Can It Be Prevented?

Since heredity is a major risk factor, it’s important to be aware of your family history. One of the best ways to reduce your risk of developing glaucoma is to lead a healthy lifestyle. Eat nutritious foods, exercise regularly, and avoid cigarettes.

Q: How Is It Treated?

Visual damage caused by glaucoma is often irreversible, which is why early detection and management is essential. We may include IOP-lowering eye drops as part of your early glaucoma eye care intervention. For more severe cases, we may recommend performing a trabeculectomy to empty excess eye fluids or laser eye procedure to correct structural irregularities.

If you have any further questions about glaucoma, call us at (619) 461-4913 or complete our form. We serve La Mesa, CA.

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