Glaucoma

Diagnosing Glaucoma: Excessive pressure in the eye.

Glaucoma refers to a cluster of diseases of the eye. Glaucoma is characterized by pressure in the eye, higher pressure than a given eye can bear. Increased pressure in the eye can lead to impairment of the sensitive optic nerve, located at the retina.

Loss of sight and blindness accompany glaucoma. Usually the disintegration of sight is gradual, but if the glaucoma is left untreated, in rare cases, progression can occur rapidly. Glaucoma develops due to one of two circumstances. First, the body creates an excess of fluid, aqueous humor, inside the eye. In other circumstances, fluid is sometimes unable to drain out of the eye sufficiently.

Glaucoma has been referred to as the silent thief of sight due to its slow and gradual progression over an extensive period of time. Symptoms have a tendency to appear only when the affliction is quite advanced. Once an individual has been stricken with vision loss, treatment is usually aimed at preventing any additional loss of sight. Glaucoma, after cataracts, is the second-leading instigator of blindness in Americans. For African-Americans, glaucoma stands as the primary cause of blindness. Furthermore, it currently acts as the leading cause of blindness in individuals forty-plus.

Affecting one in two hundred people under the age of fifty, and one in ten over eighty, glaucoma is a serious issue in the United States.

Treating Glaucoma: Monitor red flags via regular eyecare visits.

Levin Eyecare specialists examine patients to detect the disease and to slow, and sometimes stop, the progression. Medical and surgical treatments and procedures may be recommended by the team. Thus, it is imperative for individuals to receive regular eye exams to measure the pressure in their eyes. If an individual possesses red flags – such as a family history of glaucoma or other signifying factors – it is recommended that close attention be paid to stymie the advancement of the disease.