Glaucoma Treatment at Eastside Eye Physicians
Some eye diseases are transient and can be reversed, while others can progressively and permanently damage the eyes and eyesight. Glaucoma unfortunately belongs to the latter category. This form of optic nerve damage is the second most common cause of blindness, and the risk only rises as you get older. Fortunately, you can get this disease under control long before you start to experience obvious symptoms -- thanks to glaucoma diagnosis and treatment at Eastside Eye Physicians PC in St. Clair Shores and Shelby Township.
Who Gets Glaucoma, and Why?
Practically anyone can get glaucoma -- even children -- but some people have an elevated risk for the disease. If you're over 40, have African-American/Asian/Hispanic ethnic background, suffer from hypertension or diabetes, are myopic or hyperopic, use steroids, or previously sustained an eye injury, you have a higher risk for glaucoma. Most cases directly relate to high pressure inside the eyes. When the eyes produce fluid more quickly than their drainage system can expel, excess fluid causes the pressure to build until the optic nerves become damaged. Most glaucoma is of a type called open-angle glaucoma, in which the drainage angle is impaired but still has function. A less common condition called angle-closure glaucoma, however, involves a total shutdown of the drainage system.
Don't Wait for Symptoms
Symptoms of open-angle glaucoma may take many years to actually become evident -- but that doesn't mean no harm is being done. Eventually the optic nerves sustain enough damage to impair your peripheral vision, then your central vision. Angle-closure glaucoma is much more sudden and dramatic, causing rapid vision loss, pain, nausea, and other acute symptoms. You don't want to be surprised by either of these disorders, so stay on top of your ocular health through regular eyecare evaluations with an ophthalmologist.
How Your Eastside Eye Physicians Eye Doctor Can Help
Your Eastside Eye Physicians eye doctor can easily detect glaucoma in a comprehensive eye exam. Pressure-measuring techniques such as tonometry can alert us to high fluid pressure inside the eyes. Vision testing can reveal any loss of peripheral vision. Gonioscopy can help us check your eyes' ability to drain fluid. We can then administer advanced treatment options such as:
- Oral or topical medications to help regulate your eye pressure
- Laser surgery procedures such as trabeculoplasty to improve eye drainage
- Laser peripheral iridotomy, a laser treatment for angle-closure glaucoma
Need an Ophthalmologist in St. Clair Shores or Shelby Township?
Don't leave your eyes vulnerable to glaucoma. If you need an ophthalmologist, call Eastside Eye Physicians PC at our St. Clair Shores office at (586) 774-2020 or our Shelby Township office at (586) 247-2020 today for sight-saving eyecare!