It is very important to obtain the services of a highly-experienced optometrist, if you want to maintain your excellent eye health. Depending upon your age and overall medical health, it is recommended that you have a comprehensive eye exam about every one to two years. Dr. Dawn Rakich, O.D. performs glaucoma testing 78213 as part of every comprehensive eye exam. Glaucoma is the leading cause of blindness and vision loss in the United States so it is important to be sure that you are screened for this sight-stealing disease.
Dr. Rakich is a glaucoma specialist, who is expert in both diagnosing and treating glaucoma. In order to diagnose glaucoma, Dr. Rakich will look at your eyes after your pupils have been dilated with special medical drops. Our doctor will closely examine the optic nerve which will change in appearance as the disease progresses. Our doctor will also perform a tonometry that will check for eye pressure. If glaucoma is suspected, a visual field test will also be performed to see if there is any loss of side vision. Glaucoma testing 78213 is totally painless, so you do not need to be apprehensive about the procedures.
Once glaucoma is diagnosed, Dr. Rakich can help with treatment and management of the eye disease. Glaucoma treatment can include prescription eye drops or laser surgery. Eye drops can reduce the amount of fluid in the front of the eye, or increase the amount of the fluid that leaves the front of the eye. In either event, the result will be that eye pressure will be reduced. This is key for the management of glaucoma. If eye drops do not sufficiently stop the progression of the disease, Dr. Rakich will recommend that you see an ophthalmologist who will be able to perform laser surgery on the eye. This surgery will further help reduce the amount of fluid at the front of the eye. It is important that glaucoma is diagnosed early, as vision lost to glaucoma cannot be restored. Also, when glaucoma is in its early stages, it is not really noticed by the person whose vision is being adversely affected. So if you need glaucoma testing 78213, contact our office for an appointment with Dr. Dawn Rakich.