Vision problems are often one of the first indications that we are not as young as we feel.
Even people who have never needed glasses or contacts may start to experience blurry vision or other noticeable imperfections. Many of these developments, such as difficulty seeing nearby objects, are a normal part of aging and can be easily treated.
However, serious eye conditions become more likely in middle-age and beyond. That is why it’s important to take vision health seriously as we age, as catching eye diseases like glaucoma in the early stages can lead to more effective treatment.
What is Glaucoma?
Glaucoma is an eye disease that gradually steals sight without warning. When the internal pressure in the eyes increases enough it can damage the nerve fibers in the optic nerve and cause vision loss.
There are several types of glaucoma, and most people will not experience any symptoms until the condition has become extremely dangerous. It’s important to see your eye doctor each year so they can spot any warning signs.
Optometrists have a variety of ways to screen for glaucoma, by measuring the pressure in the eyes, examining the inside of the eyes, and dilating your pupils to get a better look at the optic nerve and drainage angle.
Is there treatment?
There are several treatment options your eye doctor will consider if you are found to be suffering from glaucoma. These include eye drops, medication, laser surgery, or conventional surgery. The best course of action depends upon the particulars of your case and how you respond to treatment.
A comprehensive vision exam is essential to catch serious eye conditions, such as glaucoma, before irreversible damage is done.
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