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Glaucoma Awareness and Management

Decoding Glaucoma

Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases that cause damage to the optic nerve, a vital component for good vision. This damage is usually related to increased pressure within the eye and is a leading cause of vision loss, particularly for those over 60. However, with early detection and treatment, the risk of vision loss can be significantly reduced.


Recognizing the Symptoms

Often termed the “silent thief of sight,” glaucoma can progress without noticeable symptoms in its early stages. However, certain signs might indicate its presence:

  • Gradual loss of peripheral vision

  • Tunnel vision in advanced stages

  • In cases of acute angle-closure glaucoma, symptoms might include severe headache, eye pain, blurred vision, or seeing halos around lights


Understanding Your Risk

Several factors can elevate your risk of developing glaucoma, including:

  • Being over 60 years old

  • A family history of the condition

  • Pre-existing health conditions like diabetes

  • Elevated eye pressure


Importance of Early Detection

The number one key for early detection is preventative eye exams! Your eye doctor checks for elevated eye pressure, assesses your visual field, and checks the appearance of your optic nerve - these factors help us understand if there is any concern or need for close monitoring. 


Diagnosis and Treatment in Washington, DC

As part of our commitment to eye health in DC, our clinic employs state-of-the-art diagnostic tools to evaluate for eye conditions (including glaucoma). Early detection and treatment are key in slowing visual impact. These treatments may include medicated eye drops, oral medications, laser treatments, or surgery, depending on the severity and type of glaucoma.


Proactive Eye Care

Taking proactive steps is crucial in managing glaucoma:

  • Schedule regular comprehensive eye exams, especially if you’re at higher risk

  • Follow prescribed treatment plans, including consistent use of eye drops

  • Protect your eyes from injury and maintain a healthy lifestyle


Conclusion

Understanding and managing glaucoma is key to preserving vision. If you have any questions, we’d be happy to discuss further at your eye exam! 


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This blog is for educational purposes. For specific medical advice, please consult a healthcare professional.

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