Left untreated, glaucoma can cause irreversible damage, robbing you of your vision permanently. Understanding how and why this vicious disease does what it does can help you prepare yourself for any signs and inform the way you handle your own eye health.
Regular Eye Exams are Crucial to Diagnosing Glaucoma
Because glaucoma doesn’t usually show symptoms, the only way to detect it is through regular eye exams. At Complete Family Eye Care, we use our advanced technology to screen every patient for glaucoma. We’ll also make a point of talking through your results with you and answering any questions you have.
What is Glaucoma?
Part of your eye is filled with a fluid called the aqueous humour. This fluid is constantly refreshing itself; draining away as your body makes more. But sometimes, the fluid doesn’t drain properly, causing intraocular pressure (IOP) to build as your body continues to make more fluid. If the IOP level gets too high, it can damage the optic nerve, which is responsible taking information from the eyes to the brain. Once the optic nerve is damaged it cannot be repaired.
Glaucoma is sorted into different variations. Each variation is based on the reason behind the lack of proper drainage in the eye.