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How Glaucoma Can Develop Without You Knowing It

Your vision is very important to you, and you probably can’t imagine your life without it. But as you get older, it sometimes deteriorates like many other things in your body. However, vision loss isn’t something that’s normal; in fact, it could be a condition known as glaucoma.

At Hunter Vision in Maitland, Florida, we’re experts in many conditions that affect your eyes, including glaucoma. Our optometry specialist, Dr. Elizabeth MacDonald helps you determine why your vision is changing, and the best course of treatment to stop the deterioration.

Understanding glaucoma

Your eyes allow you to experience the world visually. Without them, you would be in a world of complete darkness. Your optic nerve relays what you see to your brain. This allows you to visually experience what’s around you.

However, when you have glaucoma, it puts excess pressure on your optic nerve, which in turn leads to damage. Glaucoma is often caused by an increased pressure within your eye. There are other causes as well, but that’s the most common.

Over time, the increased pressure wears down your optic nerve, which leads to irreversible damage. In severe cases where glaucoma isn’t caught early, it can lead to complete loss of vision.

But how can you tell if you’re developing this condition? Unfortunately, some symptoms don’t show up until glaucoma is in advanced stages.

What are the symptoms?

Glaucoma is a tricky condition, as it can sneak up on you with little to no symptoms in the beginning. This is especially true for the most common form, which is called open-angle glaucoma. In this form of the disease, symptoms don’t usually show up until the later stages when your vision is already affected.

One of the only signs of open angle glaucoma is gradually deteriorating vision. Since there are usually no other signs, regular eye exams are important to prevent this disease. 

However, another form of this condition, called angle-closure glaucoma progresses much quicker than other types. This means that it’s an emergent condition, so make sure to seek treatment if you experience any of the following symptoms:

Angle-closure glaucoma happens very quickly, which means damage to your optic nerve also happens quickly. Without the proper treatment, this form may lead to complete vision loss.

Other than angle-closure glaucoma, many of the other types have no significant symptoms. This basically means that it can creep up on you without you knowing. The only way to avoid glaucoma is by getting regular eye exams with Dr. MacDonald so she can check your eye pressures.

How to prevent glaucoma

Because glaucoma is sneaky and shows up without warning, the best prevention step you can take is to get regular eye examinations. At your eye exam, Dr. MacDonald tests for glaucoma by testing your vision and measuring the pressures in your eyes

However, glaucoma prevention stretches further than just regular eye exams. If you really want to decrease your chances of getting this disorder, you can take other steps to protect your eyes, such as:

By taking these steps, you can not only greatly decrease your chances of getting glaucoma, but also increase your chances that your vision won’t deteriorate as quickly as it would without treatment. At your appointment, Dr. MacDonald talks to you about your risk for this condition and how often you should come in for eye exams.

Don’t let glaucoma sneak up on you and ruin your vision, schedule an appointment today by calling our office or using our online booking tool.

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