Glaucoma is a condition that can eventually cause loss of vision, and it's important to be screened for glaucoma by our eye doctor. Early treatment can stop the damage caused by glaucoma and preserve your eyesight. Our eye care team at ABC Vision Source in Sherwood, Hillsboro, or Portland is here to help you understand glaucoma and what to expect during the screening process.
What Is Glaucoma?
Glaucoma is a group of eye conditions that damage the optic nerve, vital for transmitting visual information from the eye to the brain. It is often associated with elevated intraocular pressure, but can also occur with normal or even low IOP. Left untreated over time, this can lead to blindness.
The risk of glaucoma tends to increase with age, and people with a family history of glaucoma are more likely to develop the condition than others.
What to Expect?
Our eye doctor will determine how often you must be screened for glaucoma. During screening, our eye doctor will dilate your eyes. This dilation widens your pupil and allows us to see signs of glaucoma and other eye problems. The process is painless, but you'll need someone to pick you up from your exam, as your eyes will be sensitive to light, and it takes time for your pupils to revert.
The sooner our eye doctor knows you have glaucoma, the sooner we can start the glaucoma treatments that can work to save your vision. The most common type of glaucoma treatment is medication. Some glaucoma medication is in pills, while other medications are eye drops. Laser treatments can also effectively relieve the pressure glaucoma can cause in the eye.
Our eye doctor may recommend surgery if medication or laser treatments do not relieve your glaucoma symptoms. Glaucoma surgery is common, and there are many ways your surgeon can relieve the pressure in your eyes.
Visit ABC Vision Source for a Family Eye Doctor
Our team at ABC Vision Source in Sherwood, Hillsboro, or Portland is here to help you with your eye care needs. Whether you're looking for an optometrist to perform an annual eye exam or an optometry professional to help with eye disease co-management, we've got you covered. Contact us at Sherwood (503) 625-5599, Hillsboro (503) 649-7566, or Portland (503) 473-8039 to learn how our eye care team can work with you to keep your eyes healthy.