This month we are focusing on an eye disease that often has no symptoms: Glaucoma. Glaucoma is an eye disease that Dr. Humpherys checks for during all routine eye exams. Glaucoma affects your peripheral vision. During your eye exam your eye pressures are checked to ensure that you dont have or are not at risk of developing this devastating disease. With glaucoma fluid builds up and causes high eye pressures that cause damage to the optic nerve connecting your eye to the brain. Glaucoma cannot be cured but there are several treatment options including but not limited to medication and surgery.
The most common type of glaucoma is open angle glaucoma and has no symptoms and the vision loss is gradual. The only way to determine if you have this type of glaucoma is to have your routine eye examination. If caught early enough treatment can help stop further damage and minimize vision loss. Glaucoma is the leading cause of blindness in patients over 60 years old. If you have a family history of glaucoma in your family it is important to let Dr. Humpherys know during your eye examination. een seen and our findings.