Glaucoma Care at First Eye Care in McKinney
If you were faced with a lurking threat that could be working to destroy your vision, you'd surely want to know about it right away. Glaucoma is just that kind of subtle enemy to your eyesight -- yet half of the Americans suffering from this disease don't even know they have it. Early diagnosis and treatment is critical for helping you preserve your vision. That's why you want to want to make sure your eyes are getting the monitoring and care they need at First Eye Care in McKinney, TX.
How Glaucoma Hurts Your Eyes
Glaucoma is a state in which the sensitive optic nerves that relay images to the brain sustain progressive damage. As the nerve tissues fail, most sufferers start to experience reduced peripheral vision first, followed by the loss of their central vision. The risk for glaucoma goes up for everyone after age 60, although for African-Americans the risk rises after age 40. Hypertension, steroid use, diabetes, heart disease, and other factors also affect glaucoma risk. In most cases, the optic nerve damage is due to high pressure inside the eye. If the constantly-produced aqueous humor inside the eye cannot drain through the eye's drainage system properly, the pressure grows and nerve fibers are irreparably destroyed.
Most glaucoma patients have narrow-angle glaucoma, a slow-growing condition that may not show obvious symptoms for years. Others, however, may be prone to angle-closure glaucoma. In this emergency condition, the drainage system can fail completely instead of merely being sluggish. This can cause acute eye pain, headaches, nausea and rapid vision loss.
Sight-Saving Strategies From Your McKinney Optometrist
Since most cases of glaucoma don't alert you to their presence until damage has occurred, it's imperative that you receive regular comprehensive eye exams that check for the condition. Any McKinney optometrist on our team can administer various forms of tonometry (pressure testing) to see whether you have ocular hypertension, a red flag for possible glaucoma. Vision testing can also reveal problems with peripheral vision that might signal glaucoma in progress.
Fortunately, glaucoma can usually be treated and managed successfully. Our optometry team can regulate your eye pressure with topical or oral medications, reducing aqueous humor production and/or improving drainage efficiency. For tougher cases, we can co-manage a fast, painless surgical procedure that improves the eyes' drainage ability.
Get Your Eyes Evaluated at Our Optometry Clinic
Glaucoma may be a silent sight-stealer, but that doesn't mean you can't stop it in its tracks. Call First Eye Care at (972) 540-2015 to schedule an eye evaluation at our optometry clinic. We want to help you preserve your vision for many years to come!