Glaucoma can cause both damage to your optic nerves and vision loss. If it’s not diagnosed and treated in a timely manner, it can even lead to blindness. That’s the bad news. But the good news is that at EyeCare Associates of San Bernardino, our Highland CA optometrist will go a glaucoma evaluation and screening, so that if you are showing signs of this eye disease, it can be treated and managed to avoid serious problems and any unnecessary vision loss.
Excessive eye pressure if the chief characteristic of glaucoma. This occurs due to an imbalance that occurs between how much eye fluid your body produces, and how much it drains. When your eyes function normally, the fluid circulates and drains efficiently. It’s the buildup that results in increased internal eye pressure. In some instances, glaucoma can be caused from an eye injury, one by force or by chemical contamination. Sometimes, even severe eye infections or inflammation can cause glaucoma. In most instances, both eyes are effective, though one can be more so than the other. Symptoms are not common during the early stages, which is why you should make a yearly appointment to be checked by our Highland CA optometrist.
As glaucoma progresses, though, you might notice some loss of vision, redness in your eyes, eye pain, halos that surround light, tunnel vision, haziness in the eyes (this is particularly a concern for infants), and either nausea or vomiting. If you experience any of these indications, especially more than one, call us right away and book a visit to be seen by our Highland CA optometrist. A screening starts with tonometry, which measures your internal eye pressure. Other tests, including gauging your peripheral vision and even taking a photo of your optic nerve, may also be ordered to make a proper diagnosis.
Among the treatment options that our Highland CA optometrist may suggest are eye drops, laser surgery, and microsurgery. All of them are designed to restore the balance between your eye fluid production and what drains out. You can feel confident that once glaucoma has been detected, we will work diligently and quickly to find the right management options for you.