Glaucoma is an eye disease that affects an estimated 2.7 million people in the United States. It is most often associated with increased pressure within the eye that damages the optical nerve, but higher eye pressure is not always present. It is a progressive condition that can eventually lead to blindness. New diagnostic techniques and treatments can help to preserve your vision. If you have a family member who the condition, you should familiarize yourself with the risk factors for this serious vision problem, so you can protect your vision throughout your life.
There are two forms of the disease, the open-angle type and the angle-closure type. In the open-angle type, there are typically no symptoms in the early stages. This absence of symptoms means that vision loss can progress significantly before it is noticed. In angle-closure, the individual may notice a variety of vision problems, such as:
· Hazy vision or blurring
· Rainbow-colored haloes around lights
· Severe pain in the eyes or in the head
· Nausea and vomiting accompanying pain
· Sudden vision loss
Risk Factors for Developing Glaucoma
Individuals who have a family history of the disease are at higher risk for developing it themselves. People over the age of 40 are more likely to develop this eye condition than younger individuals. If you are nearsighted or farsighted, you are at greater risk. If you have high pressure in the eyes, you are at increased risk. Individuals with diabetes, migraines or circulatory problems, you may be at higher risk. Those who have had an injury to the eyes may have increased risk. Also, African Americans and those of Hispanic heritage are at greater risk. In addition, people with thin corneas or thin optic nerves are at greater risk for this eye disease. Your eye doctor can tell you if you have these issues.
Sisselman Group offers a wide range of services at reasonable cost, including glaucoma testing to make it easy for you to schedule regular monitoring of this eye disease. Because this eye disease is not always easy to detect, we provide a number of testing methods. Your glaucoma test score range will indicate if there are changes in the eyes that are consistent with the disease. A number of treatments are available to delay progress of the condition.
If you are at risk for developing this eye condition, make sure your eyes are tested regularly for signs of this sight-stealing disease. Contact Sisselman Group today at their Massapequa office or their Commack office to schedule your screening by a physician, so you can start early treatment that will protect your vision.