See 20/20 Optometry Answers Your Glaucoma FAQs
Glaucoma is an eye disorder that mainly affects older individuals. It is a progressive condition that can impair vision if not properly treated. Regular visits to your eye doctor can help to detect the early signs of glaucoma. At See 20/20 Optometry in Santa Ana, CA, we do testing and monitoring for glaucoma and other eye diseases.
What Causes Glaucoma?
The risk of developing glaucoma is highest in individuals over 50 years of age, those with a family history of glaucoma, and those of Asian, Hispanic or African-American decent. If you are very nearsighted or farsighted, your risk is also higher. Certain medical conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease, or sickle cell anemia also put individuals at higher risk for glaucoma.
What Are the Symptoms of Glaucoma?
There may be no symptoms in the early stages of glaucoma. However, as time passes, there may be blurred vision and blank spots in peripheral vision, which become progressively worse until the individual only has “tunnel vision" with no sight at the edges of the visual field. Eye pain, haloes around lights, and nausea can also occur.
How Is Glaucoma Diagnosed?
Our eye doctor will use specialized equipment during your eye exam to measure the pressure inside your eyes. Other types of equipment are also used to view the internal structures of the eyes to detect any damage to blood vessels or the optic nerve that may have occurred. Based on these tests, our eye doctor will determine whether you need a referral to an eye specialist for further treatment.
What Treatments Are Available for Glaucoma?
Medications in the form of eyedrops are prescribed to help reduce pressure from fluid in the eyes. Laser surgery may be needed to improve the drainage of fluid within the eyes.
Make See 20/20 Optometry Your Optometrist in Santa Ana
Dr. Choi and our staff at See 20/20 Optometry are dedicated to maximizing and preserving the vision of our patients in Santa Ana, CA and the nearby communities. We offer a range of vision services, including eye exams, eyeglass fitting, contact lens fitting, Ortho-K, dry eye treatment, and pre- and post-op LASIK surgery care. Contact See 20/20 Optometry today at 714-957-2704 to have your eyes examined and to learn about today’s treatments that can help to preserve your vision.