Glaucoma is the second leading cause of irreversible blindness in the world, but how much do you really know about it? If you started experiencing symptoms, or developing early signs, would you even recognize it? Visiting your optometrist for regular visits is paramount for catching and treating glaucoma in early stages. At Eye and Vision Care Associates our Syosset glaucoma doctor carefully tests our patients for signs of glaucoma using state-of-the-art technology and modern eye examinations.
Glaucoma is a condition that related to a buildup of pressure in the eye over time. That’s why glaucoma can develop very slowly and be difficult to catch without the assistance of a highly trained optometrist like our Syosset glaucoma doctor. This build up of pressure causes damage to your eye’s optic nerve, which worsens over time. The optic nerve transmits images to the brain; damaging this nerve is what leads to irreversible damage. Within just a few years, glaucoma can lead to complete blindness.
Glaucoma tends to be genetically inherited. It may not show up until later in life. What makes glaucoma quietly dangerous is that most people don’t feel any pain or symptoms from the initial buildup of pressure. Some factors make you more likely to develop glaucoma. If you have a family history of glaucoma you should schedule visits with our Syosset glaucoma doctor yearly. If you have a history of other eye problems, or certain medical conditions like diabetes, you should schedule that visit more often.
If our Syosset glaucoma doctor detects early signs of the disease, there are several options for treatment depending on how far the glaucoma has developed. From specialized eye drops, to laser and microsurgery, at Eye and Vision Care Associates we work with you to come up with a personalized treatment plan and are with you every step of the way. Be aware of your medical history and start scheduling regular visits with our optometrist. Don’t risk letting your eyesight slip away from you.