Glaucoma is the second-leading cause of blindness in America (behind macular degeneration), and the second-leading cause of blindness in the world (behind cataracts).
Glaucoma is an eye disease that’s associated with a build-up of pressure within the eye. If left untreated, it can cause damage to the eye’s optic nerve, which can lead to peripheral vision loss and eventually blindness. Glaucoma is generally a slow, progressive disease and has no early warning symptoms; many patients are unaware of their condition. And once your vision becomes impaired, it cannot be recovered.
The importance of regular eye exams
The best way to protect your vision is to have routine and comprehensive eye exams. This includes glaucoma testing which is designed to measure your eye pressure. If signs for glaucoma are detected, it can be treated before any long-term damage occurs and enable you to protect your eyesight.
While more common in older patients, glaucoma strikes young people as well, so eye exams are recommended at every age. Many risk factors exist for the development of glaucoma, including:
- Over age 60
- People of black African or black Caribbean descent, Hispanics, and Asians have an increased risk of developing glaucoma, and developing it at an earlier age.
- Family history of glaucoma
- Previous eye injuries, traumas or surgeries that cause eye inflammation.
- Hyperopia (farsightedness)
- Long-term corticosteroid use (eyedrops, pills, inhalers, creams)
- Conditions related to blood flow, such as migraines, diabetes, low blood pressure, and hypertension
Dr. Richard Adler, a board certified Ophthalmologist, has extensive experience in the detection and treatment of glaucoma. During your eye exam, Dr. Adler will evaluate your eye health and diagnose and treat any problems that may occur. He is renowned for providing patients with compassionate care and excellent outcomes.
Once your condition is diagnosed, Dr. Adler will recommend a comprehensive treatment plan to control your condition and save your vision. Treatment options include surgery, lasers and medication. Your treatment will depend upon the severity of your condition and your overall health. Eye drops with medication aimed at lowering pressure in the eye are usually tried first.
To find out more information or to schedule your appointment with Dr. Adler, please call 410.296.0414.