Glaucoma is called the silent thief of sight because in some forms it has no symptoms at all. By the time it is diagnosed, the damage may not be reversible. Getting your eyes examined regularly is the best way to protect your eyes. Our team of ophthalmologists and optometrists at Precision EyeGroup diagnose glaucoma in Honesdale, Dingmans Ferry, Carbondale, & Lake Ariel, PA., and can provide the treatment you need to manage your condition.
What Is Glaucoma?
Glaucoma is an eye condition where the pressure in the eye rises to a level that can damage the optic nerve. There is more than one type of glaucoma: open-angle glaucoma and angle closure glaucoma. The pressure rises because the fluid in the eye is not draining correctly.
In the early stages, glaucoma does not present itself with any noticeable symptoms. The only way to know that you have glaucoma is through a dilated eye exam. Since aging increases the risk of developing glaucoma, it is vital to the health of your eyes that you get an eye exam for glaucoma at least once a year. If it is caught early enough, treatments can be started that will slow down the progression of the disease.
If your optometrist notices that the pressure in your eye is high, they can give you a prescription for eye drops that can lower the pressure. This is the most common way to deal with glaucoma. This is something that you will have to do forever, if you stop the pressure will rise and you could lose your sight. If eye drops don't lower the pressure enough, the doctor may recommend that you get laser treatment or surgery.
No matter which treatment you choose to manage your glaucoma in Honesdale, Dingmans Ferry, Carbondale, & Lake Ariel, PA it is vital to the health of your eyes that you treat and manage your condition and continue to get your yearly exam to make sure that the treatment you have chosen is keeping your glaucoma from getting worse.
Contact Precision EyeGroup for your glaucoma exam in Honesdale, Dingmans Ferry, Carbondale, & Lake Ariel, PA. Reach out to us at Honesdale at (570) 253-6551, Carbondale at (570) 282-4080, Dingmans Ferry at (570) 686-1102, and Lake Ariel at (570) 698-4140.