Glaucoma is complicated, progressive eye disease, often referred to as the “silent thief of sight”. It is characterized by its lack of symptoms until vision damage has already occurred.
The fluid inside our eyes, known as aqueous humor, flows out of the eye via a mesh-like channel. Glaucoma is the result of this channel becoming blocked or the fluid building up quicker than it drains.. The fluids builds up in the eye, increasing the pressure inside. The optic nerve is not meant to handle pressure of this magnitude and ends up damaged, leading to vision loss.
If you are experiencing high pressure in your eyes, don’t worry. It is not always a sign of glaucoma, though you should schedule an eye exam as you may be at risk. Like many things in life, it is better to be safe than sorry.
The following increase your risk factor for developing glaucoma:
Glaucoma can steal your vision gradually without any warning signs. When the signs do show, the symptoms of glaucoma are:
There are several options available for treating glaucoma. The type and stage of your glaucoma will determine the treatment prescribed by our Optometrist.
If you are concerned about your risk for developing glaucoma, book an eye exam with our Optometrist. We would be happy to provide a comprehensive exam, answer all of our questions, and, if applicable, walk you through which course of treatment is right for you.