An eye exam from Eyes on Main focuses not only on setting your vision straight but also on the health of your eyes. We recommend annual exams for children, adults and seniors, and patients with diabetes to keep ahead of any eye diseases.
Glaucoma catches many patients off-guard because of its gradual effects. In the year 2010, 1.9% of Americans 40 and over were affected by the most common type of glaucoma.
Glaucoma is often associated with elevated eye pressure. But sometimes glaucoma can still occur when the eye’s pressure is normal. While there’s no known cure for glaucoma yet, eye doctors work quickly to save your sight in the event of a diagnosis.
There are several subtypes of glaucoma. While the effects of gradual vision loss are mostly similar, the root causes vary.
Open-angle glaucoma accounts for 90% of glaucoma cases. The drainage canals’ meshwork responsible for letting the fluid in your eye’s main chamber, the aqueous chamber, can develop blockages resulting in elevated intraocular pressure (IOP).
The drainage canals remain open, meaning the pressure build-up is relatively slow. However, this pressure can cause tissue separation affecting the optic nerve. Early detection, medication, and possible surgical intervention is the key to preserving your sight.
With angle-closure glaucoma, the drainage canals are not only blocking meshwork, but they’re unnaturally blocked by a closed angle between the iris and cornea. Pressure builds quickly, resulting in a medical emergency.
If suggested by your eye doctor, timely surgical intervention is essential to preventing vision loss. Please contact us immediately if you experience the following symptoms:
Normal-tension glaucoma is quite rare, and the underlying causes aren’t entirely understood. Patients with normal-tension glaucoma have normal IOP but still experience optic nerve damage consistent with other types of glaucoma.
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