Understanding the Ins and Outs of Glaucoma
- Posted on: Jul 15 2019
According to the Glaucoma Research Foundation, glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness in adults. It is commonly diagnosed with the help of an eye doctor. With proper education and treatment solutions, patients can address this problem before it becomes a bigger concern.
What is glaucoma?
Glaucoma is a condition that can result in damage to the optic nerve of the eye. While in the earlier stages, many patients are unaware it is even present, which is why it is so important for adult patients to seek routine eye examinations with Dr. Brian Groat of Cape Fear Cataract and Cornea in Wilmington, NC. The pressure caused by this condition, known as intraocular pressure, can damage the nerve which is used to transmit images from the eye to the brain. If left untreated and damage continues, patients with glaucoma may eventually experience permanent and complete vision loss.
What are the signs of glaucoma?
In the early stages of glaucoma, many patients are unaware the condition exists. However, as it progresses, patients may notice changes to their eyesight or experience discomfort. This also depends on the type of glaucoma. Symptoms may include:
- Slow and gradual loss of peripheral vision
- Advanced stages of tunnel vision
- Severe eye pain or discomfort
- Reddening of the eye
- Blurred vision
What treatment options are available for patients with glaucoma?
Depending on the variety of glaucoma present and the severity at which the condition reaches, patients will need to speak to a professional about the treatment option most appropriate for their unique condition. Treatment options that may be recommended include:
- Medicated eye drops
- Oral prescription medications
- Laser surgery
- Traditional surgery
Our professional team will discuss with patients the treatment options available to them and help them make a knowledgeable decision in regards to the one best for their specific needs.
Learn more about vision and vision care with our team of professionals at Cape Fear Cataract and Cornea
Dr. Brian Groat of the Wilmington, NC area assists patients in the community who are seeking vision care. If you have been diagnosed with glaucoma and are interested in learning more about this condition and treatments, call our practice at (910) 769-4590 to speak to our front office team about scheduling a consultation visit.