Could You be Living With Glaucoma and Not Know it?

Millions of people worldwide have glaucoma but aren’t even aware of it, which makes it such a severe ocular disorder and the world’s second-leading cause of blindness. If left untreated, the suite of eye conditions collectively called glaucoma cause gradual vision loss, eventually leading to total blindness. And even though there is no known cure, preemptive detection and treatment can lead you to an optimal outcome.

With the appropriate therapies at Focal Point Vision, our ophthalmologists can preserve as much of your vision and eye health as possible while helping you manage this ailment. Being proactive is crucial, and one of the best ways to be proactive is to contact us today and schedule an appointment in San Antonio, TX.

What is glaucoma? What are some of its symptoms?

Glaucoma comprises numerous ocular conditions that cause gradual vision loss that can result in total blindness if ophthalmological intervention is not pursued. The suite of disorders that form glaucoma generally work through the same process: damaging the optic nerve through increased intraocular (within the eye) pressure.

This excess pressure is typically caused by improper fluid drainage in the tissues of the eye, and as fluid builds up, so does the force exerted against the intricate, delicate structures of the eye. Among the most vital is the optic nerve, which sends sight signals from the eyes to the brain.

Unfortunately, the optic nerve cannot regenerate itself, so once it becomes injured, this harm cannot be undone. And in its later stages, glaucoma can cause symptoms such as pulsing eye pain, redness, loss of vision, headaches, tunnel vision, blurriness, halos around lights, nausea, and vomiting.

Could you be living with glaucoma and not know it?

Being unaware of one’s glaucoma is a genuine possibility. And a reality for too many individuals in the U.S. and across the globe. About 3 million Americans have glaucoma, the world’s second-leading cause of blindness, but potentially half of those individuals do not even know they have it.

As unlikely as it sounds that such a serious disorder can go unnoticed, that’s precisely what makes glaucoma so potentially dangerous. It’s also what gives it its nickname, “the silent thief of sight.” During the early stages, glaucoma causes no apparent symptoms.

The only way to reliably detect this stealer of sight, and receive a proper diagnosis, is through a professional eye exam. Because as glaucoma progresses, it begins causing irreparable damage to the eyes and irrevocable vision loss. Therefore, by the time it becomes apparent, an individual may have already lost part of their vision or visual acuity.

The silent sneakiness of glaucoma offers one of the best reasons to schedule routine eye exams. Our experienced opticians can identify glaucoma at its earliest stages and craft a specific treatment plan for your unique needs, helping to preserve as much of your vision as possible. Additionally, these management strategies can be more effective the earlier you embark on them.

Get glaucoma treatment and management strategies today

Even though later-stage glaucoma can produce various symptoms, it usually does not show signs of its presence in its earlier form. So, your best bet for slowing its progression, finding management strategies, and preserving as much of your sight and health as possible, is to contact us at Focal Point Vision.

Additionally, if you’ve experienced the sudden onset of the symptoms listed above, please get in touch right away, or see us at one of our offices in San Antonio, TX.

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