At Coastside Eye Care, we hope you have perfect 20/20 vision your entire life. The best way to ensure that is to visit us for your annual eye exam so we can detect eye diseases before they impact your vision. This is particularly true of glaucoma.
Over 3 million American live with glaucoma, but only half of those are aware of it. Untreated glaucoma accounts for about 10% of cases of blindness in the states and is the second highest cause of blindness worldwide.
This quiet disease affects the optic nerve, spoiling the information highway between your eye and your brain. Without treatment, glaucoma can cause blindness in only a few years. There is no cure for glaucoma but the disease can be treated, controlled, or slowed with early diagnosis.
Glaucoma develops so slowly and painlessly that the vision changes are almost impossible to note. The early stages only affect your peripheral vision, making the onset barely perceptible even if you were trying to stay aware of it. Many sufferers do not notice the change until they are struggling with tunnel vision.
The only reliable way to avoid glaucoma is to have your eyes examined every year.
Age is a major contributing factor to the development of glaucoma, along with nearsightedness. African-Americans are more likely to have this disease and to become visually impaired from glaucoma. Genetics play a big role in this condition, so if you have parents or siblings with glaucoma you could be more susceptible.
During your regular eye exam, your optometrist will measure your eye pressure and the structure of your eye using advanced equipment. This way, they can detect any problems with your IOP and your optic nerve before glaucoma affects your vision. This can be done through tonometry, imaging technology, and optical coherence tomography.
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