Here at Arvada Optometric Center, our optometrist understands the complications that a glaucoma diagnosis can cause. This is why our Arvada and Westminster area optometry services are designed to provide an early diagnosis of this all to common eye disease. Our optometrist takes your vision seriously and offers diagnostics, preventive tips and effective glaucoma treatment in Arvada, CO.
What is Glaucoma?
Glaucoma is considered a ‘silent’ eye disease because it typically gives people no warnings signs or symptoms until the optic nerve is seriously damaged. This sneaky eye condition develops due to excessive pressure behind the eyes and presents itself in one of two forms: open-angle glaucoma and angle-closure glaucoma. Both can lead to permanent vision loss without an early diagnosis and proper management with an Arvada optometry professional.
A Behind the Lens Look at the Risks and Progression of Glaucoma
Those with a family history of glaucoma and individuals over 40 years of age are at the highest risk of developing this eye condition according to our Westminster eye doctor. However, it can surface at any age and has even been observed in infants. The primary cause of intra-ocular pressure that results in this condition is the buildup of fluid in the eye due to blocked channels. This lack of ocular circulation can permanently damage the optic nerve without treatment. Besides blocked vessels, here are other potential causes of glaucoma development.
- Chemical Injuries
- Blunt Force Trauma
- Inflammatory Conditions
- After Unsuccessful Eye Surgery
Signs and Symptoms of Glaucoma
The reality is that most patients don’t notice any symptoms until vision loss sets in. Yet, there are a few tell-tale symptoms that some may experience as early warning signs of glaucoma. Visually, one might notice a cloudy hue appearing on the retina, suffer from peripheral vision issues, or see a ‘halo’ around lights. Other complaints of glaucoma’s presence are tunnel vision, eye pain, redness and/or nausea because of the symptoms.
How Our Eye Doctor Diagnoses and Treats Glaucoma
Our experienced eye doctor will dilate your eyes or use a puffer test during your routine eye exam to detect any pressure behind the eyes that signify glaucoma development. We also can use state-of-the-art diagnostics to look behind the retina to explore the source of your vision condition while also checking for signs of diabetes and high blood pressure. If we see signs of this eye disease developing or in a later stage of development, we can help manage these concerns with eye drops, prescription medication or by recommending microsurgery or laser surgery.
Schedule an Appointment with Your Arvada Optometrist
Need a comprehensive eye exam and live near Arvada or Westminster, CO? Call Arvada Optometric Center today at (303)-424-5282 to schedule an appointment.