About 2.5 million Americans have glaucoma, and about half may not aware that they have the disease. Glaucoma can progress to blindness gradually, which is why it’s important to receive treatment on time. When you visit Memphis Eye & Cataract Associates in Memphis, TN, our ophthalmologists will perform an eye exam to determine the necessary treatment that will help preserve your vision. You can learn more about glaucoma and some of its symptoms below:
Symptoms of Glaucoma
Some people who have glaucoma have occasional headaches. They might also have trouble adjusting to dark interior spaces after spending time outside in bright sunlight. Along with that, those with the disease may develop hyperopia, also known as farsightedness, which is a condition that affects middle-aged adults. However, most cases of glaucoma don't display any serious symptoms until the late stages.
Regular Eye Exams for Detection of Glaucoma
Glaucoma is a disease that occurs due to elevated pressure inside the eye. To determine whether your intraocular pressure is high or not, our ophthalmologists need to measure it a device known as a tonometer. We will put a drop of a numbing solution in your eye so you won't feel any discomfort. Then, we will place a tiny cup in your cornea, which is attached to a device that measures the pressure. These drops do not dilate your eyes, so the exam does not take long.
If your eye pressure is only moderately elevated, you will be asked to visit us again in a few weeks. Our ophthalmologists will also look for signs of damage to the optic nerve, changes in the thickness of your cornea, changes in the pigmentation of your eye to confirm a glaucoma diagnosis.
Treatment for Glaucoma
While a doctor of optometry can identify the symptoms of glaucoma, you will have to see an ophthalmologist for treatment. Sometimes, glaucoma is treatable with a surgical procedure known as laser trabeculoplasty, but most cases are managed with medication. Make sure to take your medications exactly as prescribed and come in for all of your scheduled appointments so our ophthalmologist can monitor your condition and help you preserve your sight.
Contact us for an Appointment Today
Glaucoma is a most common cause of blindness, however, treatment can slow down progression of the disease. Our team at Memphis Eye & Cataract Associates in Memphis, TN, can determine the treatment that you may need when you visit us and help you see more clearly. To schedule your appointment, contact us at (901) 767-3937 today.