Glaucoma refers to a group of conditions that cause a loss of nerve tissue inside the eye. The eventual result is a loss of vision that can lead to legal blindness. In it’s most common form glaucoma has no symptoms in it’s early stages when it is most treatable. Waiting for symptoms before being tested is not recommended because sight that is lost cannot be recovered. Please visit the American Optometric Association’s website to view more general information about glaucoma.
What should I do to prevent sight loss from glaucoma?
We offer the most advanced testing equipment to detect and treat glaucoma. We recommend those under age 40 be screened for glaucoma at least every 2 years and more frequently if you are a glaucoma suspect or have a family history. Those over age 40 are best tested yearly. If you have glaucoma your condition will be monitored between 3-6 month intervals. If you have glaucoma it it critical that you follow the advice of your doctor regarding medication and lifestyle changes to maximize the outcome of your treatment.
How is it detected and followed?
One test alone is not a reliable way to detect or follow glaucoma, and therefore a variety of techniques and devices must be used. At Dr. Amundsen and Wilson’s office we assess all aspects of glaucoma, including measuring the pressure inside the eye, assessing the physical appearance of the optic nerve, monitoring for peripheral vision loss using a highly sensitive automated instrument, assessing the drainage system of the eye, using a laser to scan and visualize the individual sensory layers of the eye, and testing for nerve conductivity loss. By utilizing multiple tests we are able to compare results from visit to visit and detect any small amount of progression that they may show, allowing us to adjust treatment accordingly.
How is it treated?
The most common treatment is eye drops used to lower the pressure inside the eye. In cases where eye drops alone are not enough laser procedures or implantable shunts may be considered.
Glaucoma is a condition that lasts a lifetime. We offer an environment that will make you comfortable returning for care, and we promise to treat you with respect and answer any questions that you may have about your care.