Glaucoma is a disease of the eye that can cause permanent vision loss, typically starting with the peripheral vision. Early glaucoma often has no symptoms. Glaucoma may be an inherited condition and is more common in older persons with a first degree relative (mother, father or sibling) who suffers from glaucoma.
The most common type of glaucoma is primary open angle glaucoma, which occurs when the pressure in the eye becomes too high causing damage to the optic nerve. A normal eye pressure ranges from 10-22, often patients with glaucoma will present with an eye pressure in the 30s. Just like high blood pressure, you cannot feel when the pressure is too high in your eye. For this reason annual eye exams after age 55 are recommended by the American Optometric Association. Glaucoma may be detected at routine annual exams, but requires additional testing to ensure proper diagnosis and treatment.
The primary treatment for glaucoma is eye drops to help lower the eye pressure to a normal level to prevent further damage to the optic nerve and to prevent any further peripheral vision loss. Glaucoma requires frequent monitoring to ensure the eye pressure remains at a safe level and that there has been no changes to the peripheral vision or structural integrity of the optic nerve.
At EyeTech Optometry we have the latest technology for visual fields, optical coherence tomography (OCT) and retinal imaging to accurately diagnosis, treat and monitor glaucoma.
Dr. Ward and Dr Philpy regularly diagnose and treat eye injuries, infections, inflammations, burning, redness, pain, sensitivity, pink eye and remove foreign bodies from the eye.
Our doctors can treat, prescribe medication for and manage many different eye diseases like glaucoma, macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy.
Diagnosis and Referral
For eye conditions like cataracts, retinal tears and retinal detachments that may require surgical or specialized care, our Optometrists provide initial diagnosis as well as referral, co-management and follow-up care in coordination with an Ophthalmologist.
Many eye problems like glaucoma, macular degeneration, cataracts and diabetic retinopathy don't have obvious symptoms in their early stages. Changes in vision are often so gradual that you unconsciously adjust to your sight without realizing your vision has changed. You may think you are seeing as well as you were a year ago and don’t have problems, but you can't be sure until you've had your eyes thoroughly examined.