Did you know that glaucoma is one of the leading causes of total vision loss in adults today? Here at Glaucoma Consultants of St. Louis, our St. Louis eye doctor and the rest of our valued and experienced team of staff members are here to help you preserve your vision and give you the treatment you need. Glaucoma is a term that actually refers to a few different yet related conditions. The different forms of glaucoma are related in that they result in damage to the optic nerve, which can then cause vision loss and even blindness.
The most common cause of this damage to the optic nerve is an increase in your intraocular pressure. The most common form of glaucoma, primary open-angle glaucoma, is the most dangerous because it develops so gradually and without noticeable symptoms that most people are unaware that there is a problem until the condition has already stolen some of their vision. In order to prevent vision loss from primary open-angle glaucoma, the best thing to do is take the time to visit our St. Louis eye doctor for regular eye exams. These eye exams allow us to detect signs of glaucoma earlier on than if you waited for signs and symptoms to appear on your own.
Aside from primary open-angle glaucoma, the other main form of the condition is angle-closure glaucoma. This from of glaucoma develops much faster than primary open-angle glaucoma. Unlike primary open-angle glaucoma, angle-closure glaucoma will cause noticeable symptoms and immediate damage that you will be able to recognize, and need to seek treatment from our St. Louis eye doctor at Glaucoma Consultants of St. Louis for immediately. Some symptoms of angle-closure glaucoma that you should be on the lookout for include: severe eye pain, nausea, vomiting, headache, excessive tearing, blurry vision, haloing, and more. These are only two of the most common forms of glaucoma. There are several other forms of glaucoma, including congenital glaucoma, secondary glaucoma, pigmentary glaucoma, traumatic glaucoma, and more. If you are looking for more information, we encourage you to visit our St. Louis eye doctor’s website, or contact us directly for assistance.