Living with an eye disease is never easy. In fact, living with an eye disease puts you at risk of developing partial or total vision loss. It can be scary to be diagnosed with an eye disease, especially one as serious as glaucoma. Glaucoma is a disease that affects many adults over the age of 60. It's important to get treatment for glaucoma as soon as possible.
At Focus Vision Optometry, we help our clients living with glaucoma and help prevent the development of this disease. We offer services to the Beaumont, Calimesa, San Jacinto, and Redlands, CA, community. We want to help our clients feel their best and preserve their vision.
What Is Glaucoma?
Glaucoma is a type of a disease that deteriorates the optic nerve of the eye. The optic nerve is essential in order to process images from the brain to the eyes. Damage to the optic nerve is reversible, and it can lead to partial or total vision loss. Glaucoma develops over time, so people might not experience vision problems until the disease has already progressed.
What Causes Glaucoma?
Internal pressure of the eye that is too high is the cause of glaucoma. However, other factors can contribute to glaucoma developing early on. This may include:
- Family history of Glaucoma
- History of diabetes
- History of smoking
- Being over the age of 60
- Using corticosteroid medications for a long period of time
- Having thin corneas
What Are Symptoms of Glaucoma?
Symptoms of glaucoma might not appear until the disease is fully progressed. However, symptoms to look out for including:
- Tunnel vision
- Dark spots in your vision
- Eye pain
- Eye redness
- Severe headaches
- Nausea and vomiting
- Halos around lights
All these symptoms indicate you need to see an optometry specialist right away.
How Can an Optometry Specialist on Our Team Help?
An optometry specialist at our practice will provide an eye exam and conduct test to ensure that your glaucoma has not progressed. During an annual eye exam, our optometrist can also measure the eye pressure of your eye.
If you have high eye pressure, they can give medication such as eyedrops and oral medication to prevent glaucoma from occurring. They can also recommend lifestyle changes such as eating a healthy diet and exercising to prevent glaucoma.
Find Help for Glaucoma Today
Our eye care specialists can help prevent glaucoma from progressing and treat existing glaucoma to help prevent vision loss. Call us at Focus Vision Optometry serving Beaumont, Calimesa, San Jacinto, and Redlands, CA, to set up an appointment and get the help you need. Call us at (888) 845-4749.