Developing initially without symptoms, glaucoma is frustrating because it generally causes permanent vision loss before it is detected.
There are several causes of glaucoma, though the most prevalent is when your eye produces more fluid than is drained away. This raises your eye pressure, which over time can damage your optic nerve. Glaucoma can also be caused by other conditions and eye diseases, such as diabetic eye disease or prolonged use of steroid therapy.
The most common treatment for glaucoma are medicated eye drops that lower your eye pressure. In order for treatment to be effective, it is important to follow the regimen as prescribed by our doctors.
Important Information about Glaucoma Testing
Glaucoma has many forms, though open-angle glaucoma is the most common variant of it. Below are some, but not all, of the forms glaucoma presents in:
A comprehensive eye exam checks for glaucoma using a few different tests:
The most common treatment for glaucoma is medicated eye drops, which lower your eye pressure by reducing the amount of fluid created and increasing the amount of fluid drained by your eye.
Surgical treatments include: