What is Glaucoma?
Glaucoma is a set of conditions that can cause optic nerve damage. This nerve is in charge of managing visual information between the eyes and the brain. Left untreated, glaucoma can lead to vision loss or complete blindness. Glaucoma is caused when fluid builds up in the eye, putting pressure on the optic nerve. Because it doesn't cause symptoms at first, this condition is often caught during a routine eye exam. With early detection, there are more ways to treat and manage the condition and reduce your chances of irreversible damage. To schedule an eye exam and adequately manage your eye health, contact Heart of America Eye Care in Overland Park or Shawnee Mission, KS, or Belton, MO.
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How Is Glaucoma Treated and Managed?
The most important thing you can do to catch glaucoma in its early stages is to notice symptoms. While early glaucoma doesn't often have symptoms, some signs you may see include:
- Blind spots in your peripheral vision
- Blurry eyesight
- Eye Pain
- Red eyes
After a routine eye exam, if we notice signs of glaucoma, we may perform various tests to determine the stage of your glaucoma. These may include:
- Review your eye pressure
- Assess your corneal thickness
- Determine the width and space between your cornea and iris
- Look for any blind spots
These tests can help us find the correct treatment for your condition. Some treatment options may include prescription eye drops, MIGS (minimally invasive glaucoma surgery), laser surgery, and more.
Early Detection and Management for Glaucoma
At Heart of America Eye Care, we work with Kansas and Missouri individuals to treat and manage glaucoma. While this condition cannot be reversed, early detection and treatment can help keep the condition under control and minimize your chances of impacts such as vision loss. Our team of eye specialists has vast experience with glaucoma treatment and management. To take control of your eye health, contact one of our Kansas locations in Overland Park or Shawnee Mission or our Missouri location in Belton.