Glaucoma is a disease that is caused by an imbalance between the amount of fluid your eyes create and the amount that they drain. When this imbalance occurs, there is an unsafe increase in your internal eye pressure. Over time, this can lead to complications, including damage to your optic nerve. At Today’s Vision, Kingwood TX eye doctor we recommend a yearly screening, as symptoms don’t typically appear until the disease has reached an advanced stage. We want you to have every advantage when it comes to stopping the effects of glaucoma.
If you do notice symptoms, it is important that you don’t ignore them, but rather schedule an appointment at our office to be examined by our Kingwood TX eye doctor. Some of the indications of glaucoma that you should be aware of include vision loss in any degree, eye pain, seeing halos around lights, eye redness, and either nausea or vomiting, particularly in conjunction with one or more of the other listed signs. While none of those symptoms mean you have glaucoma for certain, if you do then it probably is advanced and it is essential that you be diagnosed and treated in a timely manner. The baseline test for glaucoma is tonometry, which measures your internal eye pressure. Our Kingwood TX eye doctor will conduct other tests as needed to reach a conclusive diagnosis. These include checking the thickness of your cornea, a visual acuity test, and possibly the use of a goniscopy, a special lens that measures your eye’s drainage angle. Treatment options, which depend on various factors including the severity of the disease, range from special eye drops to laser treatments to microsurgery. All of them, however, are designed to correct the imbalance between fluid production and drainage, either by reducing production, increasing drainage efficiency, or creating a new channel for drainage.
Be sure to call our office and book your yearly exam with our Kingwood TX eye doctor. And if you do experience any symptoms, don’t wait. Call us right away for prompt care.