Glaucoma is used for eye conditions that cause optic nerve damage. Since the optic nerve sends visual information to the brain, when the optic nerve becomes damaged, it can cause vision problems. High pressure in the eye is a common cause of optic nerve damage leading to glaucoma. Because many cases of glaucoma have no warning signs before damage has already been done, it can be vital to see an optometrist for eye exams regularly.
Our eye care team at DeNovo Eye in McKinney, TX, is dedicated to helping patients with their glaucoma treatment.
An optometrist on our team will review your medical history and conduct an eye exam checking for signs of glaucoma. In addition, an eye doctor on our team may perform several tests, including measuring intraocular pressure, testing for optic nerve damage, checking for vision loss, and inspecting the eye's drainage angle.
Causes of Glaucoma
Several things can cause glaucoma, especially conditions that put pressure on or cause damage to the optic nerve. As the nerve deteriorates, blind spots can develop in your vision, leading to continued difficulty seeing.
The pressure is caused when the eye produces too much fluid or the natural drainage system is not correctly working. Different types of glaucoma include open-angle and angle-closure. Glaucoma tends to be hereditary, and those with a family history of the condition should see an optometrist for routine eye exams.
Seeing an Optometrist for Glaucoma Treatment
An optometrist can provide treatment for glaucoma, helping reduce symptoms and prevent continued vision loss. Because the damage already caused by glaucoma cannot be reversed, an eye doctor on our team can monitor intraocular pressure and help prevent the disease from worsening. Glaucoma treatment options may include prescription eye drops, surgery, laser, or a combination of the different treatment options.
Speak with an eye doctor on our team to determine the best treatment method for your condition and if there is anything additional you can do to prevent the progression of glaucoma.
See an Optometrist Today for Glaucoma Treatment
Glaucoma typically does not present with any early warning signs, so seeing an optometrist for routine eye exams is vital to catching this condition before too much damage to the ocular nerve has been caused. Schedule an appointment with an optometrist on our team at DeNovo Eye in McKinney, TX, for an eye exam and to discuss how to treat glaucoma. Call us at (469) 317-2020.