As of yet, there is no cure for glaucoma. Regular eye examinations and screenings are vital. Screenings are performed by optometrists and ophthalmologists. Doctors also look at the physical dimensions of the eye (size and shape), conduct a visual assessment of the optic nerve for damage, and examine the fluid-filled space inside the eye called the anterior chamber.
Glaucoma Risk FactorsGlaucoma Risk Factors
While high eye pressure is the most important risk factor for the development and progression of glaucoma, it is still only one of many. Other risk factors include high myopia, diabetes, hypertension, blunt trauma to the eye, and steroid use.
The National Eye Institute supported the Ocular Hypertension Treatment Study (OHTS). This study identified corneal thickness as a strong risk factor for developing glaucoma.
Glaucoma TreatmentGlaucoma Treatment
This a partial list of things eye doctors will need to know prior to treating glaucoma. If any of these apply to the patient, doctors and their staffs should be informed:
What is Glaucoma?What is Glaucoma?
Glaucoma is often called the"silent thief of sight". In its early stages symptoms are hard to recognize. People affected by glaucoma often do not know they have it. Loss of vision normally occurs gradually. Untreated, glaucoma permanently damages the optic nerve, leading to blindness. If it is detected early enough the progress of the disease can be arrested with medical and surgical means. The doctors at Thomas Eye Group offer annual eye examinations for those over the age of 40 to monitor eye diseases such as glaucoma so proper treatment can be delivered and vision loss can be avoided.
Our understanding of glaucoma has changed over time. The current view is that glaucoma is the end stage shared by a group of eye diseases. To understand this, think of heart failure - it's not a disease, rather it is the clinical end stage of many diseases like coronary artery disease and has multiple risk factors.
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