Maintaining Eye Health after Glaucoma with Our Optometrists
Keeping your eyes healthy and maintaining your vision requires early detection of potential complications and conditions. At Advantage Eyecare in North Richland Hills, eye doctors of optometry provide the tools you need to identify and treat glaucoma.
What is Glaucoma?
Glaucoma is a complex eye disease impacting the optic nerve. It causes excessive pressure in the eyes, which damages the optic nerve and contributes to a loss in vision. Treating the condition helps slow the progression of the disease and reduce the risk of blindness.
Symptoms of the Condition
The symptoms associated with the condition may vary between individuals; however, certain signs occur in many situation and cases. The common signs associated with glaucoma include:
- Nausea or vomiting
- Hazy vision
- A sudden loss of vision
- Severe pain in the head and eyes
- Seeing bright lights with a rainbow surrounding the light
In most cases, you will not notice any signs of a problem until after the damage to your optic nerve occurs. Early intervention occurs when eye doctors identify risk factors and then take measures to reduce the risk of optical damage.
Diagnosing Glaucoma with Digital Field Analysis
Eye doctors diagnose glaucoma during a comprehensive eye exam. An initial exam allows us to determine potential risk factors, such as excessive pressure behind your eyes. We then use digital field analysis to identify risk factors and determine when to further test your vision and optic nerve. Digital field analysis refers to the process of checking on each eye individually and determining when you have problems with one or both eyes that you may not notice with both eyes opened. For example, you may see a blurry area with one eye closed.
Monitoring and Treating Glaucoma with Optical Coherence Tomography
When our optometrists identify glaucoma due to symptoms and risk factors, we use optical coherence tomography, or OCT, to monitor your eyes. We put dilating eye drops in your eyes and then use a machine to scan your eyes. We monitor any changes to your retina and eyes due to the glaucoma.
Based on the data, our eye doctors may recommend different treatment solutions to slow the progression of the disease. Generally, we provide appropriate eye drops and medications to help reduce the risk of certain symptoms. Since eye drops or medications may interact with other medications you take for a medical condition, discuss your concerns and medications with optometrists before starting any treatment. We may recommend surgical procedures in certain situations, but only after determining the potential benefits for your vision and eyes.
Treatment Plans at Our Optometry Clinic for the Surrounding Communities of North Richland Hills, Colleyville, Hurst, Bedford, Keller, and Southlake
Optometrists in our eye care center develop a personalized treatment plan based on your needs and the health of your eyes. We use a variety of tools to identify glaucoma and monitor the changes to your eyes over time. When the medicated eye drops or medications do not slow the progression of the disease, we may suggest surgery.
Treating conditions in your eyes may allow you to retain your visual health, but only when you act at an early stage. By catching glaucoma early and monitoring changes with OCT, we take steps to reduce the pressure in your eyes and slow the changes to your vision. To learn more about our treatments or for an appointment, call or contact us today at 817-788-2020.