Glaucoma is an eye disease that can cause serious and permanent vision problems. However if glaucoma is detected early during a periodic eye exam, our optometrist will be able to provide you with glaucoma eye care, and stop the disease from advancing. This means that you will not need to suffer any vision loss from glaucoma. If you know that you have glaucoma, and need San Antonio glaucoma care, you will want to come to our eye care practice, Dr. Dawn Rakich, O.D.
During a periodic eye exam, our top-notch optometrist, Dr. Dawn Rakich, will screen your eyes for glaucoma and many other eye diseases. In fact, during your comprehensive eye exam these are just some of the eye diseases that our optometrist will look for: glaucoma; macular degeneration; diabetic retinopathy; cataracts; retinal tears; and many other problems of the cornea, retina, and macula. Generally the early stages of glaucoma have very few or no symptoms at all. Or perhaps, the symptoms are so slight that the patient will not notice them. When the patient does begin to notice symptoms, generally the first symptom noticed is loss of peripheral vision. However, at this point the disease has already progressed and this vision lost cannot be restored. Other symptoms of glaucoma can be high eye pressure, eye pain, sudden headache, blurred vision, or halos around lights. Your eyes may also appear red or hazy. Tunnel vision is also a serious symptom that needs to be addressed immediately. Should it be determined that you have glaucoma our eye doctor will be able to provide you with excellent San Antonio glaucoma care. If you need advanced care, she will be able to refer you to an ophthalmologist who specializes in glaucoma.
Our doctor will be able to diagnose glaucoma during a comprehensive eye exam. Our optometrist will examine your eyes with the use of eye drops that will dilate your eyes, coupled with the use of special optometric equipment. If you have glaucoma your optic nerve will have a particular appearance which will signal the fact that you are suffering from glaucoma. She will also use special instrument to check your eye pressure. A visual field test will determine if you have lost any peripheral vision. If it is determined that you need San Antonio glaucoma care, you will be told which type of treatment option you will need. In the early stages eye drops are given to stop the disease from progressing. In advanced cases of glaucoma, either laser surgery or microsurgery is provided. However it is important to remember that these treatments cannot restore vision. They will only keep glaucoma from progressing. So be sure to have your periodic eye exams!