Glaucoma is the eye disease that results from your internal eye pressure increasing to an unsafe level. There are typically no symptoms to alert you until it has reached an advanced stage, so yearly screening is essential. At the practice of Dr. Dawn Rakich, O.D., you can count on expert diagnosis, evaluation, and treatment of glaucoma.
The reason for the increase in eye pressure is that your eyes are making more fluid that they can drain. It’s a simple equation, and one which can lead to serious consequences if not addressed in a timely fashion. Most of the time, glaucoma progresses over time, but it can be accelerated by an eye injury, infection, or chemical contamination. It occurs in both eyes most of the time, although one eye can be worse than the other. If you notice any of the following symptoms, our eye care in San Antonio should be your top priority: loss of vision to any degree, tunnel vision, eye haziness, an even nausea and vomiting, especially in addition to one or more other symptoms. None of them alone will indicate that you have glaucoma for sure, but our eye care in San Antonio will make the diagnosis with testing that includes tonometry, a key method for detecting glaucoma. Because this eye disease can be responsible for damage to your optic nerves, vision loss, and even blindness if it becomes advanced enough, there is a sense of urgency in terms of treating it. The simplest method, a and the one that is usually the first option, is to administer special eye drops that result in decreased fluid production. Other options include laser therapy and microsurgery.
This would be the perfect time to schedule our eye care in San Antonio. Contact our office and set up a convenient time to come in for a glaucoma screening. Your eyes and your vision are too important to take unnecessary risks.