More than 3 million Americans have glaucoma, a leading cause of blindness in the world. Glaucoma is a very common condition, but it is preventable. Prevention, early detection, and consistent care keep glaucoma from permanently damaging your vision. At Real Vision Center in Pembroke Pines, Florida, you’ll find comprehensive, knowledgeable glaucoma care. Magdalena Saint-Louis, OD, and her team prevent and treat glaucoma. Make an appointment by phone or online today to learn more.
Glaucoma is the term for a number of conditions that damage the optic nerve and impact your vision. Your optic nerves are located at the retina in the back of each eye. The optic nerve transmits the information your eyes see to the vision centers of your brain.
Glaucoma occurs when pressure builds up inside your eyes and damages the optic nerve. Over time, the damage impairs your vision and can even lead to blindness if left untreated. Regular eye exams are important because there are often no early signs or symptoms of glaucoma.
There are many different kinds of glaucoma, but open-angle glaucoma and angle-closure glaucoma are the two most common. Open-angle glaucoma occurs when the fluid in your eye doesn’t flow out normally. Angle-closure glaucoma occurs when the space between your iris and cornea becomes too narrow and causes pressure to build.
Glaucoma doesn’t have many noticeable symptoms, so understanding your risk factors and getting regular eye exams are important for eye health. Glaucoma tends to run in families, and typically develops later in life.
Common risk factors of glaucoma include:
People over the age of 40 and those with a family history of glaucoma are more likely to develop the condition. Some races and ethnicities are more likely to suffer from glaucoma, including Hispanics and Asians. African-Americans are at increased risk for developing more severe glaucoma at an earlier age.
Early diagnosis is critical for glaucoma treatment and prevention of permanent vision loss. If glaucoma is diagnosed early, Dr. Saint-Louis and the team at Real Vision Center can recommend treatment options for you.
Eye drops and medication are usually the first treatments the team recommends. Drops work by reducing eye pressure and helping prevent damage to the optic nerve. For more advanced cases, laser surgery or microsurgery address the flow of eye fluid to manage pressure long term.
With treatment, the team can help you manage your glaucoma. You can’t completely prevent glaucoma, but with proper care, you can have the best possible vision and continue to enjoy your daily activities.
Diagnosing glaucoma early helps Real Vision Center develop a treatment plan to protect and maintain your vision. To make an appointment for an eye exam or glaucoma treatment, call the office or book online today.