Glaucoma is the leading cause of blindness globally and everyone is at risk of developing glaucoma, according to the Glaucoma Research Foundation. At ReVision Optix in Greenville and Simpsonville, South Carolina, accomplished optometrists Sean M. Stevens, OD, and Tiffany Brawner, OD, offer comprehensive glaucoma evaluations and individualized diagnostic testing and treatments to protect and improve your eye health. If it’s been some time since you’ve had a glaucoma evaluation or if you have questions about your eye health, book online or call ReVision Optix.
Glaucoma is not one, but a group of related eye conditions that are usually the result of an accumulation of fluid in the front of your eye. The fluid buildup leads to elevated intraocular pressure (high pressure inside your eye) that can damage your optic nerve.
Your optic nerve is comprised of around 1 million nerve fibers that transmit signals between your eye and your brain. Some of these nerve fibers can be lost due to the persistent high pressure of glaucoma. If nerve fibers are lost or damaged, progressive deterioration and vision loss can happen, and some vision loss is irreversible.
Open-angle glaucoma is the most prevalent type of this condition, where the optic nerve damage happens painlessly over time.
Glaucoma is a disease that happens gradually, so scheduling regular eye exams and being proactive with your eye health enables your optometrist to identify possible signs of glaucoma before it progresses.
Your optometrist tests for glaucoma during your annual comprehensive eye exam.
During a visual acuity test, you read a standardized eye chart that enables your optometrist to assess your scope of vision at varying distances.
With a corneal pachymetry test, your optometrist utilizes a pachymeter, a device that measures your cornea’s thickness. Your cornea is the transparent layer at the front of your eye.
A side-vision test (visual field test) is designed to measure your peripheral and central vision. This is a helpful test for glaucoma since an early sign of glaucoma is diminishing peripheral vision.
A tonometry test involves the use of an instrument called a tonometer to measure the pressure in your eyeball. Elevated pressure in your eyeball is a key indicator of glaucoma.
Your optometrist uses eye drops to dilate your pupils, giving the doctor visual assess the back of your eyes. They look for any signs of damage to the retina or optic nerve.
Anyone can get glaucoma. Factors that can increase your risk include:
ReVision Optix provides valuable treatments for glaucoma, including medication, supplements, education on a healthy lifestyle, and surgery to regulate the pressure in your eye and slow progression of the disease.
Click or call ReVision Optix to schedule your glaucoma evaluation and take care of your eyes.