Glaucoma is a serious eye condition that leads to permanent damage to your optic nerve — the gateway between your eyes and your brain. With their extensive expertise in glaucoma diagnostics, Ray Corbin-Simon, OD of In Focus Vision Center & Eyecare offers comprehensive glaucoma management. If you’ve already been diagnosed with glaucoma, or are starting to show symptoms, book an evaluation at this Piscataway, New Jersey clinic. Schedule your visit online or over the phone.
The light that comes through your cornea and the lens of your eye gets sent to your retina in the back of your eye. Specialized nerves, known as cones and rods, process this light and turn it into electrical impulses that travel to your brain through your optic nerve.
Glaucoma is an umbrella term for conditions that damage your optic nerve, resulting in permanent vision loss. It’s degenerative and often continues to worsen once you’re diagnosed. In many cases, glaucoma is hereditary. But glaucoma can also be caused by:
Increased eye pressure (open-angle or angle-closure glaucoma)
Limited blood supply (normal-tension glaucoma)
Pigment granule buildup (pigmentary glaucoma)
You have a higher risk of developing glaucoma if you’re over age 60, have high blood pressure, or are diabetic.
In the early stages, glaucoma doesn’t cause any specific symptoms, so you may be completely unaware that a serious eye disease is developing. Once glaucoma progresses, you may notice:
Patchy blind spots
Eye redness or pain
Halos around lights
Because glaucoma can lead to complete blindness if left untreated, early intervention and glaucoma management are crucial for your vision and eye health.
More than 2.7 million Americans over age 40 have glaucoma, so you’re not alone. While any damage or vision loss that’s already occurred can’t be reversed, the optometry team at In Focus Vision Center & Eyecare can certainly help you manage the condition and slow down its progression. Glaucoma management and treatment can include:
Prescription eyedrops such as prostaglandins, beta blockers, or cholinergic agents
Oral medications including anhydrase inhibitors
Drainage tube inserts
Corrective glaucoma procedures
Glaucoma surgery, including laser therapy and electrocautery, is almost always a last resort. If you do need surgery or require continuing glaucoma management after surgery, the practitioners at In Focus Vision Center & Eyecare can help you every step of the way.
The team at In Focus Vision Center & Eyecare offers customized glaucoma management to help preserve your vision. Get started on your treatment by scheduling an evaluation either online or over the phone.