When your eyes experience excessive pressure internally, that is the sign of glaucoma. It’s an eye disease that develops and progresses without presenting any symptoms during its early stages. This means that glaucoma can be making its way to a dangerous advanced stage, which may be accompanied by vision loss, optic nerve damage, and even blindness. At Chicago Vision Club, we tell all of our valued patients that the best way to combat glaucoma is with early detection. And that means a yearly examination by our Chicago Illinois eye doctor.
Glaucoma can happen at any age, no matter your heredity, medical history, gender, ethnicity, or other factors. The reason for it is that your eyes are producing more eye fluid than it can efficiently drain. This leads to a buildup of fluid, and subsequently an increase in pressure. If left unaddressed, though, the consequences can be severe and irreversible. If our Chicago Illinois eye doctor diagnoses it before it has a chance to cause noticeable symptoms, the odds of successful treatment are much higher. Testing is centered around tonometry, in which your internal eye pressure is measured. Other testing will be conducted in order to ensure that the conclusion reached is a definite one. And if you have glaucoma, it’s at that point that our Chicago Illinois eye doctor will discuss how to treat it effectively. Assuming there is no optic nerve damage yet, treatments are designed to correct the fluid imbalance. Special eye drops reduce how much fluid your eyes create. And laser treatments increase the level of drainage. Your unique circumstances will play a large role in which of these is the best option. There is a third option, though, and it’s a surgical one. A new channel for drainage can be made thanks to microsurgery.
Be sure to schedule your annual visit to our office for a complete eye exam. Call us today. It’s the best way to ensure that glaucoma does not cause you undue problems.