Glaucoma and Your Treatment Options
Most people have heard the term “glaucoma.” But, until you hear the diagnosis being applied to yourself of a loved one, you probably have little more than a vague understanding of the term. The best news is that, while it can’t be cured, the progress of glaucoma can be stopped or slowed if it’s caught early.
As an experienced team of ophthalmologists and optometrists with clinics in Southfield, Livonia, and Dearborn, we’ve explained this serious eye disease to many of our patients, and then successfully treated them.
That process starts with education. Our staff at Michigan Eyecare Institute wants you to know the following about Glaucoma and how it can be treated.
A Brief Description of Glaucoma
The disease is caused by pressure that builds up around your ocular nerve. It’s called intraocular pressure and it can impair the vision signals that get sent to your brain. As a result, your vision worsens over time.
Glaucoma is often a hereditary condition, but it can also be the result of untreated high blood pressure and other causes. The condition can occur in one eye, or both. While the progression of glaucoma can be slowed or stopped, it cannot be reversed once the damage has occurred.
With most serious health concerns you see your physician when you experience pain or discomfort. That’s not the case with glaucoma. You won’t even feel the pressure that builds up to cause the problem.
What you will experience is a gradual loss of vision that takes a peculiar form. You’ll lose your peripheral vision first, until your field of vision in the affected eye contracts to just the center of your eye. Eventually, you can only see out of that eye in a “tunnel vision” mode. That center of relatively clear vision steadily shrinks until blindness in that eye (or eyes) can result unless the condition is treated in time.
Early detection is critical. That’s why you must see an eye doctor as soon as you think something might be wrong with your vision. This is true whether the impairment is caused by glaucoma or any number of other eye diseases and concerns.
Your eye doctor has a range of treatment options. But first, you’ll undergo several diagnostic tests. None of these will be painful, though you’ll experience temporary light sensitivity when we dilate your eyes, so be sure you have someone to drive you from your eye appointment.
Once diagnosed, we can present you with a range of treatment options. Depending on factors we’ll be happy to discuss in detail, your treatment might be as relatively simple as a prescription for daily eye drops, or as involved as conventional or laser eye surgery.
Again, we won’t be able to cure your glaucoma. The degree of vision loss you’ve already experienced can’t be reversed, but early detection can stop or slow the steady loss.
Call Michigan Eyecare Institute
With clinics in three Detroit area cities, we offer a wealth of experience and expertise, as well as advanced diagnostic and treatment technology, to compassionately address all of your vision care needs.
Our commitment to you is that we’ll listen and thoroughly explain the course of treatment that’s right for you. Call the Michigan Eyecare Institute today at 248-352-2806 for Southfield, 734-454-7800 for Livonia, or (313) 582-7440 for Dearborn.