At The Eye Center, we strive to make our patients feel comfortable with an informative, easygoing environment and expert service. We treat patients in Okmulgee, South Tulsa, Bixby, and the surrounding areas. Our eye doctors and staff will be your guide through detailed eye exams and treatment for various eye health conditions. One of the conditions that we can detect and treat is glaucoma.
What Is Glaucoma?
Glaucoma occurs when there is a buildup of pressure in the eye. Without being able to escape the eyeball, intraocular pressure damages the nerve cells, blood vessels, connective tissue, and even the optic nerve. At a certain point, the sufferer’s vision will be compromised, but unfortunately, before that point, the symptoms of glaucoma are usually very subtle. Individuals may have slight problems with their peripheral vision but many times these are not noticeable until the central vision is affected. Trained optometrists can detect these subtle early signs of glaucoma and provide a treatment plan to slow the progression of the damage. Once the damage has occurred, it is irreversible.
Checking for Glaucoma
Our eye doctors will use a series of tests during your eye exam to look for signs of glaucoma. We will create a history of the varying levels of pressure within your eyes t help us detect these subtle changes. Some individuals develop pressure within the eye but end up having ocular hypertension instead of glaucoma.
Those who have already been diagnosed with hypertension, diabetes, or heart disease stand a greater chance of developing glaucoma, as do those who already have glaucoma in their families. Individuals older than 50 and people of African-American or Hispanic descent have a greater risk as well.
Once the excess pressure is detected within the eye, our optometrists will measure and monitor the progression. In some cases, medication can relieve the intraocular pressure, combining medicated eye drops and systemic medication. In other instances, however, the pressure can only be alleviated with surgery. Our team at The Eye Center can provide pre- and post-op care if we determine that eye surgery is the best course of action to treat your glaucoma.