Receiving a diagnosis of glaucoma does not have to be a scary thing. Yes, glaucoma can lead to visual impairment and even blindness, but at Glaucoma Consultants of St. Louis, we emphasize early detection through a recommended yearly eye exam along with smart strategies for management and treatment of it. Our Chesterfield glaucoma specialist will work with you every step of the way to help ensure that glaucoma doesn’t cause you any more concern than is necessary.
What is glaucoma exactly? It is marked by excessive internal eye pressure that can be traced back to an imbalance between the fluid that your eyes produce and the fluid that is drained. Ordinarily, your eyes make the fluid, it circulates through the eye, and then drains. If the fluid builds up, though, with more produced than drained, this leads to the increased pressure. Less commonly, eye injuries- either those from chemical contamination or from force, as well as severe eye infections or inflammation can also cause glaucoma. One eye may be affected more than the other, but under most circumstances, both eyes are affected by glaucoma. The true danger in this disease is that there are usually no noticeable symptoms in the early stages. So it can be sneaky, causing problems without being detected. This is why a yearly eye exam with our Chesterfield glaucoma specialist is so vital.
If symptoms do appear, it means you should seek care as soon as possible by calling us for an appointment. Among the signs of glaucoma to be aware of are loss of vision, tunnel vision, painful or reddened eyes, and halos that appear around light. Nausea and vomiting should also be noted, especially along with any of the other symptoms. Don’t assume that you need not be concerned about glaucoma because it only affects old people. It can happen at any age, even to infants. If our Chesterfield glaucoma specialist does diagnose glaucoma, treatment options can range from the simple, such as topical eye drops to laser treatment to more complicated ones like surgery. The more mild your case, the more likely that your treatment will be on the simpler end of the scale. What is of greatest importance is to be tested yearly so that management of the disease can begin right away.