Glaucoma

Glaucoma is an eye condition in which fluid pressure (intraocular pressure) within the eye builds.  Many times this condition is inherited but may not appear until later in life.  Early symptoms of glaucoma can go unnoticed.  Increased pressure can cause damage to the optic nerve which is responsible for sending visual images to the brain.  Prolonged elevated pressure can lead to permanent visual loss.  A yearly eye examination with an ophthalmologist is recommended for people over the age of 40, for people with a family history of glaucoma, or if there are health problems such as diabetes or other eye diseases.  In certain cases more frequent exams may be necessary.

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There are two main types of glaucoma:

  • Open-angle glaucoma is the most common type .  With this type of glaucoma the natural drain of the eye called the trabecular meshwork does not drain properly.  Most people notice no  symptoms of glaucoma.  Peripheral or side vision may be lost as the disease progresses.  Only your ophthalmologist can determine the extent of the disease process.
  • Narrow-angle glaucoma (also called chronic angle-closure glaucoma) is less common but can cause a sudden rise in eye pressure.  With narrow angle glaucoma, structures inside the eye block the nature flow of eye fluid causing pressure to build.  In acute cases the pressure may rise suddenly to severe levels.  Symptoms of increased pressure include sudden eye pain, blurred vision, headaches or halos around lights.

Risk factors for glaucoma include:   

  • Age 55 or older
  • Family history of glaucoma
  • Being very nearsighted
  • Diabetes
  • African American

Treatment for glaucoma includes close monitoring of eye pressure, the use of eye drops to regulate pressure, or in some instances laser surgery to decrease pressure.  Vision loss from glaucoma is irreversible, but routine eye exams and following directions from your ophthalmologist can help to prevent blindness. Glaucoma Doctors Little Rock Arkansas
 

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