Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness, and it is referred to as the thief of sight. At Fletcher Family Eyecare in Jonesboro, AR, we have an expert eye care team that will diagnose and treat this eye disease. Let’s learn a bit more about this condition and how we can help.
Glaucoma Is Caused by a Buildup of Excess Fluid
Fluid accumulates in your eyes due to a problem in the drainage system. Excess pressure causes damage to the optic nerve over time and often leads to vision loss.
Glaucoma Has No Immediate Symptoms
The excess fluid buildup does not cause issues or symptoms during the onset of glaucoma. However, signs start appearing when the disease has progressed, and the damage is irreversible. Early signs of glaucoma include loss of side vision, blurred or foggy vision, and an inability to adjust to darkened rooms. These symptoms are not always caused by glaucoma, but they should be checked immediately.
Regular Eye Exams Catch Glaucoma
With limited or no symptoms early on, the only way to identify a case of glaucoma is through routine eye exams. During the eye exam, we will check the pressure of your eyes using a device called a tonometer. Not every person with increased eye pressure has glaucoma, but it is a risk factor. It is recommended to receive an eye exam annually. We will also check for other eye conditions during the exam.
What are the Risk Factors for Glaucoma?
Anyone can develop glaucoma, but some risk factors increase the chances of developing the condition. If any of the following apply to you, you need to get regular eye exams from an optometrist.
- African Americans are more at risk of developing glaucoma, and they should receive earlier and more frequent eye exams.
- Individuals over the age of 60
- People with a family history of glaucoma
Glaucoma Can Be Managed, but Not Cured
Although there is no cure for glaucoma, we can assess your condition and prevent it from worsening. If you need treatment, prescription eye drops, laser treatment, or a combination of both may be used to manage your glaucoma at Fletcher Family Eyecare.
Contact Fletcher Family Eyecare for Glaucoma Treatment
Dr. Fletcher and our team at Fletcher Family Eyecare are here to help you understand glaucoma and manage the condition. If you live in or around Jonesboro and suspect you have glaucoma or it has been a while since your last eye exam, call our team today at (870) 930-9200 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Fletcher.