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Your eyes play an essential role in your perception. When you notice changes to your eyes, you may need treatment to address the problems that develop. At Best Eyecare Associates in Thornton, we offer the treatment strategies you need to identify and manage glaucoma.
Glaucoma refers to an eye disease that damages the optic nerve. In most cases, a fluid builds up in your eyes and causes excessive pressure. Due to the pressure, your optic nerves are damaged and you may notice changes to your vision over time.
The signs and symptoms of glaucoma are gradual and you may not notice the initial signs due to the way it sneaks into your vision. The initial changes occur in your peripheral vision, which allows the condition to sneak up.
Common signs of the condition include:
If you notice changes to your vision, regular redness, and pain, then it may relate to glaucoma or similar health concerns. Do not wait to seek treatment if you suspect glaucoma.
Glaucoma treatment options depend on the severity of your symptoms and the amount of damage to your optic nerve. In an early stage of the condition, we may recommend eye drops to reduce the buildup of fluid in the eyes that cause pressure on the optic nerve. If the pressure continues or the eye drops do not work for your eyes, we may suggest surgical procedures. Laser surgery is a common treatment for the condition or we may recommend microsurgery to improve the drainage of liquid in your eyes. Our treatment suggestions depend on your situation and the damage to your eyes.
Generally, you want to see a Thornton eye doctor at least once per year for an annual checkup. You also want to see an eye doctor when you notice changes in your vision or other symptoms of glaucoma. While it may not always relate to the condition, a simple test rules out glaucoma and allows a professional to identify the cause of your discomfort. Do not wait for treatment, since the pressure damages your optic nerve and your vision.
If you notice changes in your peripheral vision, then consider treatment with an eye doctor. In some cases, you may notice the early signs of glaucoma and you can slow or prevent further damages to the optic nerve by treating the condition at an early stage. Early treatment reduces the risk of blindness and the amount of damage that may occur in your eyes.
Healthy eyes require regular checkups and proper management. If you notice problems with your vision, then seek treatment for the situation.
To learn more about treating glaucoma or to set up an appointment with a Thornton optometrist in our clinic, call 303-254-4888 today. We look forward to meeting with you!