Glaucoma occurs when there is excess pressure in your eyes, caused by an imbalance between the fluid that your eyes produce and what is drained. If not diagnosed and treated in a timely manner, irreversible damage to your optic nerves and vision loss may result. Eventually, blindness is a possibility. At Vision Center of New York, our glaucoma eye care begins with a yearly exam at our optical store.
As more fluid is created than is effectively drained, the buildup leads on an unsafe rise in eye pressure. Unfortunately, there are no noticeable symptoms of glaucoma when its in the early stages. Coming in annually for a screening by our Bronx glaucoma doctor is essential so that any indications of it will be addressed promptly. As part of the diagnostic process, tonometry is the most important test since it measures your internal eye pressure. Additional tests will be conducted as needed in order to reach a definitive conclusion. The onset of glaucoma is more common from age 40 and up. Risk factors that increase the likelihood of contracting it include diabetes, nearsightedness, and of African-American ancestry. A family history of glaucoma also increases your chances. However, it is also true that anyone can get it, no matter the other factors. For this reason, among others, a visit to our Bronx glaucoma doctor once per year is highly recommended. The disease cannot be cured, but it is treatable. Special eyedrops can reduce eye fluid production. Laser treatments may increase the efficiency of your fluid drainage. And microsurgery can create an entirely new channel for your fluid to drain from. All of these solutions address the imbalance and offer relief.
Why not call our office right now and book an appointment to come in and be examined by our Bronx glaucoma doctor?