To provide glaucoma in Woodlawn-Oakdale care and care for all eye conditions our Eyewear Express practice has a state-of-the-art examining facilities that are equipped with the latest diagnostic technology. This is important since good eye care depends on a comprehensive annual eye examination. These examinations not only measure your visual acuity and prescribe any necessary vision corrections but also look closely at the structure of the eyes for any abnormalities or developing eye conditions. Many of the most serious eye diseases can develop slowly and have no symptoms until they are at an advanced stage when treatment is limited and more invasive. Eye examinations are the only way to detect many of these diseases.
One such eye disease is glaucoma. It is not just one single disease but a group of eye disorders that result in damage to the optic nerve that sends images to the brain. If the images cannot get to the brain there is no vision. Our practice specializes in glaucoma in Woodlawn-Oakdale care. In most cases glaucoma is caused by abnormally high intraocular pressure, which is often associated with the accumulation of the eye’s naturally produced fluid. The disease progresses so slowly that victims usually do not notice the gradual loss of vision until the disease has reached an advanced stage. The most common type of glaucoma is primary open-angle glaucoma and it often has no noticeable signs or symptoms as it develops. While glaucoma can strike at any age it is more prevalent among older people.
The first step in glaucoma in Woodlawn-Oakdale care is diagnosing the disorder. To test for glaucoma during the annual dilated examination our doctors will measure the tonometry or pressure in the eye; inspect the eye’s drainage angle as well as the optic nerve. They will also test your peripheral vision. Glaucoma can be treated in a variety of ways. Our doctor may use eye drops to reduce the pressure and the amount of accumulated fluid, or prescribe oral medications that do the same types of things. A combination or drops and pills are sometimes used. If these treatments are not effective our doctors will work with the patient’s ophthalmologist who may perform laser surgery or traditional surgery to change the angle of the eye’s drain. We will conduct follow-up monitoring after the surgery. The idea is to stop the further loss of vision. So let our doctors exam your eyes annually to protect against glaucoma and other eye diseases.