Experienced Glaucoma Treatments in Newark, DE
The onset of glaucoma can be an incredibly scary experience for anyone – young or old. At Eye Care of Delaware, we try to make each and every patient as comfortable and secure as possible. Our glaucoma treatments have been designed to solve the problem and put you on the path to great eye health once more. Please do not hesitate to inquire about our glaucoma treatments today!
What is Glaucoma?
Glaucoma is a disease of the eye that affects the optic nerve and is a common cause of blindness. Elevated eye pressure can damage the optic nerve and result in permanent visual field loss. There are two types of glaucoma: open-angle and closed-angle. Vision that is lost from glaucoma cannot be restored, but early detection and treatment can help save your sight. To diagnose and treat glaucoma, schedule an appointment with your doctor at Eye Care of Delaware.
Warning Signs and Symptoms of Glaucoma
Sometimes called the “silent thief of sight,” glaucoma damage can be so gradual you may not notice any loss of vision until the disease is at an advanced stage. Early diagnosis and treatment by your vision care provider can minimize or prevent optic nerve damage and limit glaucoma-related vision loss. If your eye doctor suspects glaucoma and you need a more in-depth evaluation, he or she may refer you to Eye Care of Delaware for more tests and treatment.
Glaucoma: Risk Factors and Prevention
Age: As you age your risk of glaucoma increases.
Family History: If glaucoma runs in your family, you may have a higher risk.
Health Issues: High blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease increase the risk of glaucoma
Medications: Long-term use of steroids or cortisone
Vision Changes: Being very nearsighted or farsighted or having had an injury, disease, or tumor in the eye increases your risk.
Race: Glaucoma is more common among African-Americans, Asians, and Native Alaskans.
The goal of treating glaucoma is to lower the intraocular pressure. By reducing the pressure low enough, the progressive visual field loss can be stabilized. Glaucoma can be treated with eye drops, laser treatment or various surgeries to lower the eye pressure. Dr. Boyd performs all of these procedures here at Eye Care of Delaware, LLC,
Should I Get Checked by an Eye Doctor?
Since chronic open angle glaucoma has no cure, lifelong treatment and regular checkups are necessary. Meeting and talking to other people with glaucoma can be very helpful, and many support groups exist. Most importantly, be sure to visit your Optometrist for regular comprehensive eye care. If you need an Optometrist, call our office, and we can refer you to one of the local doctors so we can best manage your care.