Glaucoma is known as the silent thief of sight because it doesn’t cause symptoms until your vision is permanently damaged. It affects more than three million Americans. The best way to protect your eye health is to have routine eye exams, including glaucoma screening at Advanced Laser & Eye Center of Arizona, home of MyEyesToday.com. With locations in Gilbert, Chandler, and Queen Creek, Arizona, Kianoush Kian, MD, and Scott Wayment, OD, can help patients seeking both screenings and treatment for glaucoma. Call the practice or schedule your next eye exam online today.
Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases that develop when the pressure in your eye increases and damages your optic nerve. There are several types of glaucoma, but the two most common types are open-angle and closed-angle. The angles are the corner between your iris and your cornea that allow the naturally percolating fluid to leave your eye.
Open-angle glaucoma is the more common type of the disease. Your drainage angle remains open, but problems in the filtration system at the angles prevent your eyes from draining efficiently. Open-angle glaucoma develops gradually and often doesn’t cause any noticeable symptoms until it’s too late, and your vision is permanently damaged.
Closed-angle glaucoma occurs much more rapidly when your drainage angles are blocked. Sometimes called an acute glaucoma attack, closed-angle glaucoma causes the sudden onset of symptoms such as:
If you notice any of these symptoms, call Advanced Laser & Eye Center of Arizona right away. The practice offers same-day appointments at one of their locations to diagnose and treat eye emergencies.
Other types of glaucoma include:
Increased pressure in your eyes doesn’t necessarily turn into glaucoma. Ocular hypertension causes increased pressure in your eye, but it doesn’t damage your optic nerve. But this will need to be monitored over the years as well, to make sure there is no slow damage occurring.
Advanced Laser & Eye Center of Arizona uses several tests to measure the pressure in your eyes and diagnose glaucoma, such as:
These tests allow your doctor to measure the pressure in your eyes and check for signs of optic nerve damage.
Advanced Laser & Eye Center of Arizona provides customized treatments for glaucoma, depending on the type and severity of your condition. Following your exam and diagnosis, your doctor might recommend medicated eye drops. The eye drops either help your eyes drain their internal fluid more efficiently or reduce the amount of fluid your eyes produce. Other treatment options include laser treatment, and, in severe cases, conventional surgery to improve the drainage in your eyes.
If you’re due for an eye exam or have concerns about glaucoma, call Advanced Laser & Eye Center of Arizona at 480-632-2020 or make an appointment online today at MyEyesToday.com.