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If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with glaucoma, you may be feeling confused and uninformed. Glaucoma is a serious eye disease, but it can be managed and treated. Here, our optometrist answers some questions about glaucoma treatment in Chicago.
Glaucoma is a condition that usually occurs when the pressure inside the eye gets too high. (Rarely, it may occur without this high intraocular pressure.) The pressure damages the optic nerve, which leads to a progressive and permanent loss of vision if not treated. The cause of the pressure is typically poor drainage of fluid from the eye, but what causes this poor drainage is usually unknown.
Anyone can get glaucoma, but it is more common in middle-aged and older people. It can be hereditary, so if family members have been diagnosed with the condition, you are more likely to get it as well. The most common form of the condition, primary open-angle glaucoma, is more common in African-Americans than Caucasians and tends to be more severe as well.
The most common form of the disease has no symptoms until vision loss has already occurred. Unfortunately, there is no way to restore sight lost to glaucoma, so it is very important to have regular preventative eye exams. During an eye exam, our optometrist will check your eyes for signs of early glaucoma. If caught soon enough, vision loss may be partially or totally prevented.
If it is left untreated, glaucoma can cause progressive and permanent vision loss that eventually results in blindness. However, most patients who receive treatment will not experience additional severe vision loss. Regular use of medications as directed and visits to the optometrist for glaucoma treatment in Chicago will prevent most issues.
Primarily, glaucoma is treated with medicated eye drops. It can be well-controlled but not cured or reversed with medication. However, for many people, the proper use of medication and other indicated treatments will stop vision loss and prevent further damage. In some cases, laser surgery may be used to improve the flow of fluid from the eyes.
If you have been diagnosed with glaucoma, Eye Society in Chicago can help. Or, if you have not been to the optometrist for a while, we can provide a comprehensive eye exam that screens for glaucoma. Early diagnosis and treatment is the key to maintaining your vision, so call us today at 312-640-2405 (Streeterville location) or 312-631-3247 (Loop location) to make an appointment.
Streeterville - 230 E Ohio St, Suite #120
Loop - 1 West Wacker Drive