Glaucoma is often mentioned as a single disease, but it's actually a set of diseases that can lead to loss of vision and even total blindness. The most troubling aspect of glaucoma is that a person may already have the beginning stages of glaucoma yet be completely free of symptoms. This is why it is so important to get screened for glaucoma, even if you don’t suspect anything is wrong with your vision.
There is currently no way to reverse the damage caused by glaucoma, if it is detected early on, progression of the disease can be halted.
Screening for Glaucoma
Glaucoma can progress so slowly that the early signs often go unnoticed. While high blood pressure, diabetes, nearsightedness, diabetes, corticosteroid use, and previous eye surgeries or injuries can lead to glaucoma, there is no way to tell if you are at risk of glaucoma without a screening. During your eye exam, your eyes will be dilated. Be sure to bring a pair of strong sunglasses and consider having a friend drive you to and from your appointment.
When to Seek Help - Immediately
There are certain symptoms that may be related glaucoma that require immediate medical attention. If you experience any of the following, visit a doctor, urgent care center, emergency room, or dial 911 if you are unable to drive:
- Severe pain or pressure in the eye(s)
- Stomach nausea
- Blurred vision
- Red eyes accompanied with vision irregularities
Schedule a Glaucoma Screening
Have questions about glaucoma or would you like to book a vision screening? Contact Pycraft Family Eye Care or use our online appointment scheduling tool today!