Glaucoma FAQs

Glaucoma is a condition that occurs when excessive pressure build-up in the eye damages the optic nerve. At Dunedin Eye Care, we provide comprehensive eye care for a wide range of eye-related issues, including glaucoma. Here are a few common questions patients often have about glaucoma.

Glaucoma FAQs

What Are the Types of Glaucoma?

There are two main types of glaucoma. They include open-angle and closed-angle. Open-angle is more common and happens when the draining system of the eyes is slow. Pressure builds up when fluid cannot drain properly. Closed-angle is less common. It occurs when the eye drainage system becomes completely blocked. The pressure inside the eyes increases rapidly.

What Are the Symptoms of Glaucoma?

Glaucoma does not present any symptoms early on. That's why it's important to maintain routine eye exams, especially as you get older. We can diagnose glaucoma before symptoms set in. Common symptoms include tunnel vision and loss of peripheral vision. Other symptoms include:

  • Severe eye pain
  • Headaches
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Blurry vision
  • Halos around lights
  • Sensitivity to bright lights

Who Is at Risk for Glaucoma?

Anyone can develop the condition, but different factors can put you at higher risk. They include:

  • Being diabetic
  • Having a family history of glaucoma
  • Being over age 60
  • Having thin corneas
  • Having other medical conditions like heart disease and high blood pressure 

How Is Glaucoma Diagnosed?

Glaucoma is detected during a routine eye exam. Your optic nerve and eye pressure are checked to diagnose glaucoma. We will order a visual field test to determine any vision loss and track the progression of the disease.

How Is Glaucoma Treated?

Although glaucoma cannot be treated, there are several options to slow the progression of the disease. They include:

  • Eye Drops: Drops are prescribed to help control the pressure in the eyes, and it is among the most common treatment. 
  • Laser Surgery: Surgery is performed to help increase the flow of fluid or stop fluid blockage.
  • Trabeculectomy: Microsurgery is where new channels are created to drain fluid and reduce pressure in the eyes. 

Visit Us for Your Next Eye Exam in Dunedin, FL

The eye specialists at Dunedin Eye Care offer the testing and management options you need to preserve your vision and eye health. We are here to answer any questions you have about glaucoma or any other condition. Contact our office to book your next appointment or to learn more about how we can help. 

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