Eye Exams at Optique, Inc. Can Detect Early Glaucoma
During your regular eye exams, the optometrist will check the structures within your eyes for signs of eye diseases. Glaucoma is a type of eye disease that causes damage to the optic nerve, which is progressive in its impact and can gradually lead to blindness. When glaucoma is detected in the early stages, it can be treated, slowing the damage to the optic nerve. Your optometrist at Optique, Inc. can detect glaucoma so that you can start treatment immediately to preserve your vision.
Glaucoma often causes increased pressure within the eyes that prevents normal drainage of fluid. When the fluid builds up, it begins to damage the optic nerve that is so critical to normal vision. High blood pressure can often cause increased eye pressure, but not always. The tolerance for eye pressure is individual and is affected by a number of factors. Some individuals are at higher risk for developing glaucoma, such as people with a family history of the disease, people over the age of 60, African-Americans and Mexican-Americans. If you are among these groups, you should take special care to get regular eye exams to protect your vision.
In the early stages, individuals may not have any symptoms that indicate an eye disease. However, over time, they may notice a reduction in peripheral vision at the sides of the eyes. If left untreated, the vision loss will progress to the central field of vision and eventual blindness.
Prescription eye drops or pills are generally prescribed to reduce eye pressure that can result in damage to the optic nerve. Laser therapy can help to reduce the amount of fluid in the eyes. In some cases, glaucoma surgery is done to improve fluid drainage from the eyes and to reduce the risk of damage to the nerve.
Make Optique, Inc. Your Optometrist in Dallas, TX
Dr. Orm and Dr. Zeller are experienced optometrists that use their intensive knowledge to provide individualized vision care for their patients in Dallas, TX and surrounding communities. Regular eye exams can detect eye diseases in the early stages, when prompt treatment can slow the damage to eye structures. We offer a variety of vision care services to help you see at optimum levels. Call Optique, Inc. today at 214-252-1800 for an appointment to have your eyes checked for eye diseases such as glaucoma that can threaten your vision.