As many as 3 million Americans live with glaucoma, one of the leading causes of blindness in adults over 60. It often develops without warning, which is why regular eye exams are such an important part of your health care routine. G. Richard Cohen, MD, and Joshua Cohen, MD, at Cohen Laser & Vision Center in Boca Raton, Florida, specialize in diagnosing and managing glaucoma and can provide the care you need to reduce your risk of vision loss. To schedule your comprehensive eye exam, call the office or book an appointment online today.
Glaucoma is a general medical term to describe eye conditions that can damage your optic nerve. The damage most often develops from excess pressure placed on the nerve.
An increase in eye pressure develops when too much of the aqueous fluid inside your eye is produced and isn’t able to properly drain through the trabecular meshwork found at the corner of your eye where your cornea and iris meet.
Many eye conditions cause glaucoma, including:
Open-angle glaucoma is the most common cause of glaucoma. With this type of glaucoma, there is blockage through the trabecular meshwork, resulting in the buildup of fluid.
With angle-closure glaucoma, the fluid is unable to drain due to a bulging iris that blocks the corner between the iris and cornea.
Normal-tension glaucoma refers to optic nerve damage not due to pressure. The exact cause of this type of glaucoma isn’t fully known.
You could also be at risk of developing glaucoma if it runs in your family, you’re over 60, have suffered an eye injury, or you’re extremely farsighted or nearsighted.
Glaucoma can develop without you knowing it. But you can experience certain symptoms depending on the type of glaucoma you have. These symptoms include:
If you’re experiencing any vision changes, contact Cohen Laser & Vision Center for a comprehensive eye exam.
The team at Cohen Laser & Vision Center do a comprehensive eye exam when you come to the office with concerns about vision. To determine if you’re at risk of glaucoma, the team will do specific tests, including:
Based on the information gathered during your comprehensive eye exam, the team will then determine the best course of action.
Glaucoma can’t be cured, but with the right care from the team at Cohen Laser & Vision Center, you can stop its progression and save what is left of your eyesight. Treating glaucoma often includes using prescription eye drops to improve the flow or reduce the production of eye fluid.
The experienced ophthalmology team at Cohen Laser & Vision Center could also suggest surgery to improve fluid drainage from your eye and reduce pressure on your optic nerve. Surgical options include:
To schedule an appointment with the experienced team, call Cohen Laser & Vision Center today or request an appointment online.