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Glaucoma is a condition that causes damage to a portion of your eye. Once it progresses, it's possible that it may lead to blindness. However, our Optometrist in Dallas at Plaza Vision Center offers comprehensive eye evaluations that screen for glaucoma, and once we know you have it, we monitor you closely and provide medical treatment as necessary.
Glaucoma is an eye disease that damages the optic nerve in your eye, typically as a result of the fluid pressure in your eye. Two main types exist, including primary open-angle and narrow angle glaucomas. Open-angle stems from poor drainage in your eye while angle-closure arises from the position of your iris being close to the drainage angle in your eye.
Typically, though, you won't notice any symptoms of open-angle glaucoma until it progresses significantly. Usually, you don't have any symptoms of narrow-angle glaucoma unless it results in an “angle closure attack.” These symptoms include the following:
Glaucoma can arise whether you receive proper eye care or not. Glaucoma can be caused by an increase in the pressure in your eye, and certain factors make you more susceptible like being over 50 or having family members with it. Certain races are more likely to develop it such as African-Americans, Hispanics, or Asians. Some people naturally have higher eye pressure than others. You could also sustain an injury that stimulates the onset of glaucoma.
Additionally, you're more vulnerable to developing glaucoma for the following reasons:
It's important to talk to your eye doctor if you're over the age of 40 or notice any unusual changes in your vision. Generally, Dr. Newman, our eye doctor provides you with a comprehensive exam to check your vision as well as measure your eye pressure and inspect your eyes internally. During your appointment, our optometrist checks your peripheral vision and may measure the thickness of your cornea.
For glaucoma treatment, we may prescribe eye drops to reduce fluid or promote drainage in your eye pressure. We encourage you to seek regular eye care to monitor your condition.
Whether you're worried you have glaucoma or already have it and require glaucoma treatment, contact our optometrist in Dallas at Plaza Vision Center today by calling 214-969-0467.