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Glaucoma Often Develops Silently, Slowly Robbing You of Your Vision.

Early Detection & Treatment are Key

It is important to treat developing glaucoma early, as waiting too late may result in the development of “tunnel vision”.

Annual eye exams are recommended for all adults, and especially adults over the age of 60.

There Are Numerous Glaucoma Treatment Options Available

First, always remember that the goal of treatment isn’t necessarily to cure glaucoma so much as it is to prevent glaucoma from causing any further vision loss.

Vision loss from glaucoma is almost always irreversible, hence the importance of early detection and treatment.

Important Information About Glaucoma

Causes of Glaucoma

There is no one clear cut cause of glaucoma, though it can be categorized by its symptoms. Damage to the optic nerve yields gradual and irreversible vision loss.

Types of Glaucoma

There are three main types of glaucoma:

  • Open Angle – The most common form. Open angle glaucoma is the result of clogged eye drainage canals.
  • Angle-Closure – Also called acute or narrow angle glaucoma. It is easily identified by a accelerated rise in eye pressure. Angle closure is much less common than other types of glaucoma.
  • Normal Tension – Also called low-tension or normal-pressure glaucoma.This type of glaucoma is a mystery in that it occurs despite nominal eye pressure.

Next Steps

An Annual Eye Exam Can Greatly Reduce The Potential Impact of Glaucoma

We are big believers and practitioners of the belief that prevention is better than treatment. Modern technology, imaging techniques, and lab equipment have made an eye exam faster, more accurate, and less intrusive than ever before.

Many insurance companies provide annual or bi-annual coverage for eye exams, and if you’re over the age of 65, the Medical Services Plan (MSP) will provide some coverage as well.

It goes without saying that the impact on quality of life due to vision loss can be significant.