Your Eye Exams are the Line Between You and Glaucoma-Related Vision Loss
- Posted on: Mar 15 2021
Even if you’ve been seeing an optometrist yearly to keep up with your eyeglass prescription, you need to see an ophthalmologist. Even if you’ve enjoyed relatively good vision your whole life, you need to see an ophthalmologist. This eye doctor can help you enjoy optimal eye health throughout your lifetime by performing more advanced exams and screenings. One such test is the all-important glaucoma screening. Here, we discuss some of the reasons you do not want to put your ophthalmology exam off.
Glaucoma is called the “silent thief of sight.”
Glaucoma is one of the sneakiest of all eye conditions. It is called a thief because it steals vision little by little, beginning in the most discreet area, the periphery. Vision loss is the result of damage to the optic nerve. This damage occurs when the pressure inside the eye, called intraocular pressure, increases. The increase is not painful, so there is no warning of a problem. In many cases, glaucoma is diagnosed during a routine eye exam, when an ophthalmologist measures intraocular pressure and tests peripheral vision.
The risk of glaucoma increases with age.
The Glaucoma Research Foundation suggests that early detection and treatment can significantly reduce the risk of vision loss. Adults should be aware of how frequently they should see the ophthalmologist. The Foundation recommends:
- Before age 40: Every 2 to 4 years
- Age 40 to age 54: Every 1 to 3 years
- Age 55 to 64: Every 1 to 2 years
- After age 65: Every 6 to 12 months
Whatever your current age, now is the perfect time to start following this guideline.
Vision is protected with early glaucoma treatment.
Vision loss is a very real risk for glaucoma sufferers. However, it is not inevitable. Your ophthalmologist can develop a treatment plan based on your needs and the severity of your condition. Some patients successfully slow the progression of glaucoma using prescription eye drops. Some are prescribed oral medication. In more severe cases of increased intraocular pressure, surgery is performed to protect the optic nerve from damage.
We are Here to Help you Take Care of Your Eyes
Roholt Vision Institute has offices in North Canton, Canfield, and Alliance to help you understand your risks for various eye conditions. Our experienced ophthalmologists are familiar with the latest, proven treatments for glaucoma. To learn more, contact an office near you.
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