When people hear about glaucoma, they may immediately think of cataracts. However, glaucoma has more than just one symptom. It actually involves a combination of eye conditions that together contribute to eye disease in general and early detection is important to help preserve your vision. Your treatment plan will depend on your condition and the symptoms that you are experiencing. When you visit us at Meridian Ophthalmic Associates in Meridian, MS, we can provide an eye exam to determine a suitable treatment.
How Glaucoma Affects Vision
While glaucoma can affect your vision, a lot of the time you may not be aware that the disease is developing. This is because the disease doesn’t have noticeable symptoms in the early stages and it may not pose a concern until it starts to affect vision clarity. It’s an eye problem that typically appears with age, so many assume that their eyes are simply aging. While there is no cure for glaucoma, routine eye exams can help slow down the progression and provide you with prompt treatment.
Glaucoma occurs due to an increase of pressure in the eye. The blood vessels inside the eye begin to leak due to pressure and that leakage can lead to optic nerve and blurred vision. The disease can be caused by diabetes, high blood pressure, or a family history of glaucoma. In some cases, the iris of the eye can bulge and result in angle-closure glaucoma.
Screening and Testing
Since three is a potential for glaucoma in a patient, our eye doctors will perform an advanced eye exam, which involves a variety of tests that check for the disease. While this exam is utilized mostly for those age 40 or older, we recommend asking us any questions regarding glaucoma when you visit. Since many symptoms are not noticeable early on, such as vision loss, we can help detect these with the necessary tests.
Contact us for Treatment Today
If you're worried about a family history of glaucoma, angle-closure glaucoma, or you’re experiencing symptoms, our team at Meridian Ophthalmic Associates in Meridian, MS, can help. We offer regular screening to patients over the age 40 and can provide the necessary treatment to slow down the progression. Our eye doctors understand the early and late stages of glaucoma, including dealing with blurry vision or vision loss. To learn more about our treatments and to schedule an appointment, call us at (601) 483-2616 today.