Glaucoma is a condition that damages the optic nerve. When left untreated, glaucoma can cause loss of vision or even blindness. Since it often goes undetected in the early stages, many are unaware of their condition until it is too late. Glaucoma symptoms may also be mistaken for signs of aging, so any changes to vision are simply accepted as part of getting older.
For this reason, regular eye examinations are crucial to detecting glaucoma early for effective treatment. Nevada Eye Physicians in Las Vegas, Henderson, Boulder City, Mesquite, and Pahrump, NV, employs skilled professionals who can examine your medical and family history, diagnose glaucoma, and help you take the steps necessary to prevent it from progressing. Our staff also teaches you about glaucoma management moving forward.
Treatment for glaucoma
Glaucoma occurs when the fluid pressure in the eye reaches an above-normal level, which damages the optic nerve. The fluid is known as aqueous humor, and the pressure can increase due to a number of factors. They include genetics, diabetes, inflammatory eye conditions, blocked blood vessels, or previous trauma to the eye.
Glaucoma cannot be cured, but the symptoms are manageable with treatment. Nevada Eye Physicians may choose one of several options if you have been diagnosed with glaucoma. Treatment may include eye drops, medication, eye surgery, or laser surgery. While drops can reduce your symptoms and medication lessens the pressure of the fluid, surgery can make it easier for fluid to escape.
Following treatment, patients are given special aftercare instructions so they can heal adequately at home. Based on your individual case, additional procedures may be required. It’s important to schedule regular eye examinations and follow-ups so our physicians can continue to monitor your vision.
Managing glaucoma symptoms
Symptoms of glaucoma may look different for each individual since they depend on the cause of the fluid pressure in your eye. Generally, you may experience blurry vision, the appearance of halos around bright lights, redness in the eye, severe eye or head pain, or sudden loss of vision. If you experience any of these signs or other unusual symptoms, please reach out to Nevada Eye Physicians as soon as possible. If you are diagnosed with glaucoma, don’t be discouraged. Our friendly physicians are here to help you every step of the way.
Here are some essential tips for glaucoma management and protecting your eyes from further damage.
- Keep your eyes protected from injury or physical trauma. When doing yard work or playing contact sports, wear the appropriate safety gear.
- Wear waterproof swim goggles any time you jump in the water. This includes your local pool, where chlorine and other dangerous chemicals can cause irritation to the eyes.
- We know it’s tempting, but don’t rub your eyes, even when they’re itchy or your vision is blurry. Rubbing your eyes too hard can lead to further damage or introduce bacteria that may cause an infection.
- Stick to a healthy diet. Some studies show that green, leafy vegetables play a part in lowering your risk of glaucoma. Not only that, conditions such as diabetes and obesity are linked to glaucoma, so it is important to manage a healthy weight.
- Some evidence suggests that regular exercise can lower your risk of glaucoma and reduce fluid pressure in the eyes. Speak with your primary care doctor about an exercise regimen that is tailored to your needs.
- Keep your blood pressure at normal levels. High blood pressure results in damage to the optic nerve, leading to glaucoma. A physician can detect high blood pressure during an exam and determine the right treatment.
- Patients with other eye diseases, such as diabetic retinopathy, are more likely to get glaucoma. If this is the case, follow the instructions of your physician carefully and schedule examinations yearly or as needed to manage your health.
Our best advice is to stay in good general health, which in turn promotes overall eye health. If you have questions or concerns about lowering your risk of glaucoma, call us today to schedule a consultation.
Nevada Eye Physicians may prescribe medication, which should be taken exactly as prescribed. Make sure you understand the directions and let your doctor know if you have any concerns or fears along with other relevant medical conditions. Though seniors are more likely to get glaucoma, any early symptoms should be reported right away, no matter your age. We hope to be your partner in managing glaucoma.
Contact Nevada Eye Physicians
For patients with a family history of glaucoma, or for those who are experiencing the symptoms listed above, reach out to the caring professionals at Nevada Eye Physicians, with locations in Las Vegas, Henderson, Boulder City, Mesquite, and Pahrump, NV. Using state-of-the-art techniques, our physicians provide a variety of options for treating eye conditions. The earlier glaucoma is caught, the more likely we can help you restore your vision. Our goal is to deliver high-quality, customized care to all our patients, so we encourage you to take the important first step and schedule a regular eye exam today.