Glaucoma Services from Your Oklahoma Optometrists
Because it is impossible to prevent glaucoma, the goal of treating a patient with this disease is controlling it and saving as much vision as possible. Patients in the South Tulsa, Bixby, and Okmulgee areas with this condition receive continual monitoring by our doctors of optometry at The Eye Center both before and after surgery.
Overview of Glaucoma
Pressure on the optic nerve causes glaucoma. This nerve is a collection of approximately one million nerve fibers that transmit signals from the eye to the brain. When the aqueous humor in the eye cannot circulate correctly, the resulting build-up exerts pressure on the optic nerve.
There are two primary types of this disease. Open-angle is much more prevalent than angle-closure. The distinguishing factor is the reason for inadequate drainage of fluid.
Many individuals do not notice signs of this disorder until it is already advanced. This is unfortunate because the best chance for preserving vision occurs with treatment following an early diagnosis. However, the most common symptoms include:
- Pain in the eye
- Blurred vision
- Eye that appears cloudy
- Halos surrounding lights
- Loss of peripheral vision
This eye disease is a progressive condition that might affect both eyes or just one. In some cases, the severity is greater in one eye.
Certain ethnic backgrounds carry elevated risk for this disorder. Individuals with Scandinavian, Japanese, Hispanic, Russian, African-American, Irish, or Inuit ethnicity face above-average risk. Other risk factors include:
- Blocked blood vessels
- Age greater than 40
- Certain inflammatory disorders
- Chemical or force injury to an eye
How Our Optometry Practice Can Help
Glaucoma diagnosis occurs via a comprehensive eye exam at our optometry practice. Exams include evaluation of the patient’s history, visual acuity measurements, interior eye pressure measurement, corneal thickness evaluation, visual field testing, and retinal assessment. Some patients require additional tests.
Once diagnosed, a patient needs to undergo regular monitoring and treatment aimed at reducing pressure on the optic nerve. Our practice develops a treatment plan customized for each patient. Plans often include a mixture of options such as medicated eye drops, systemic medications, and corrective lenses.
Some individuals require surgery to relieve eye pressure. When this is the case, we provide a surgical referral. Our optometrists resume patients’ treatment post-operatively.
Schedule an Exam with Our Oklahoma Optometrist
Our doctors of optometry, Dr. James Ward and Dr. David Hall, suggest that the best way to protect your vision is undergoing regular eye exams. We provide eye care for residents of all ages in the South Tulsa, Bixby, and Okmulgee areas. Schedule an appointment today by calling us at The Eye Center Bixby (918-369-3937) or The Eye Center Okmulgee (918-756-0316).