If you are like most people, you probably know very little about glaucoma, except that it is the reason your eye doctor dilates your eyes every year at your exam. However, understanding glaucoma and the importance of early detection may help preserve your eye health and your vision.
Glaucoma is a disease in which fluid pressure inside the eye is too high, damaging the optic nerve. The optic nerve is the part of the eye which sends images to the brain, allowing us to see. Damage to this critical part of the eye can cause vision loss and even blindness, so early and regular treatment of glaucoma is very important.
If you would like to learn more about glaucoma detection and treatment, click here to request a consultation online with a qualified eye doctor in Las Vegas at Westfield Eye Center.
Glaucoma is a condition in which there is elevated pressure within the eye. This increased pressure can constrict the blood vessels that are connected to the visual structures in the back of the eye, such as the optic nerve. Without circulation to this part of the eye, visual nerve cells die, resulting in vision loss and blindness without proper treatment.
Am I at Risk for Glaucoma?
Glaucoma affects approximately 2 to 3 percent of Americans, and typically occurs in people over 35 years old. People with a family history of glaucoma or those who suffer from diabetes are at higher risk for developing glaucoma.
Early detection of glaucoma is the key to successful treatment. At Westfield Eye Center, we utilize new technology which makes early detection of glaucoma quick and comfortable. We use the OCT Nerve Fiber Analyzer, which is able to determine if you have glaucoma before you experience any vision loss, and it does so quickly, without even touching the eye.
Your ophthalmologist at the Westfield Eye Center will carefully focus the laser, which scans the back of the eye and acquires an image in less than one second. The result of the OCT exam is a color-coded "thickness map" of the nerve fiber layer at the back of your eye. This provides your doctor with information that cannot be obtained from other exams, which will help to determine whether you have glaucoma.
Glaucoma cannot be cured, but it can be successfully controlled with the proper treatment. Typically, medication eye drops are the prescribed treatment, but sometimes tablets are used. Occasionally, in order to relieve the pressure in the eye, your eye doctor at the Westfield Eye Center will use a YAG laser to create a tiny opening through which fluid can drain.
Vision loss due to glaucoma can be minimized if the disease is detected early. At Westfield Eye Clinic, we utilize state-of-the-art technology to detect glaucoma even before symptoms may be present.
To find out more about detecting and treating glaucoma, click here to request a consultation online with a qualified ophthalmologist at the Westfield Eye Center. Or, you may call our office at 702-362-EYES (3937) to schedule an appointment.