Glaucoma is an eye issue you hear more about as you age. It can interfere with your ability to read, drive, and participate in many other activities. Fortunately, an optometrist can help you better manage your condition and slow the progression with early detection. At the Eye Society in Chicago, IL, we offer comprehensive exams and treatment for mild, moderate, and severe cases of glaucoma.
Glaucoma is a condition that affects your optic nerve -- the part of your eye that communicates with your brain. Often, glaucoma is caused by excessive pressure on this nerve.
One form of glaucoma gradually worsens. It tends to cause patchy blind spots, and in more severe cases, tunnel vision. The other form is more of a medical emergency and occurs when eye pressure rises quickly. You'll notice that you have severe headaches, eye pain, vomiting, nausea, blurred vision, eye redness, and halos around light.
As mentioned, glaucoma comes from high eye pressure in most cases. However, certain factors make you more vulnerable. For instance, you're more likely to develop this issue if you have a family member with it. People with heart disease, high blood pressure, or sickle cell anemia are also more prone to this condition, as these conditions can affect your nerves. Additionally, you're more likely to develop glaucoma if you're over the age of 60.
Vision loss from glaucoma isn't reversible. Therefore, our optometry specialist focuses on early detection and slowing the progression to prevent vision loss from occurring In some cases, you may be given an eye drop that helps manage pressure in your eye. Sometimes, the medication is oral. In more severe cases, you may need surgery. Our eye doctor offers routine examinations to assess your vision and eyes for problems like glaucoma. We then supply a customized treatment plan to help you see clearly and prevent the condition from progressing.
Contact Our Optometry Professionals for Glaucoma Treatment in Chicago, IL
Schedule an appointment with Eye Society, serving Chicago, IL, and the surrounding region, by calling our Streeterville location at (312) 640-2405 our Loop location at (312) 631-3247.