This week is set aside to highlight awareness of glaucoma throughout the world. Glaucoma is a rather common disease and in fact is one of the leading causes of blindness worldwide. Fortunately for those of us who live in the US, glaucoma is a very treatable disease. The key to controlling glaucoma is through early diagnosis. Glaucoma is highlighted generally by high intraocular pressure (IOP) that causes damage to the optic nerve (which is the main nerve that we see with). The optic nerve shows very certain characteristics when affected by high IOP and glaucoma. The diagnosis is often difficult and entails multiple detailed looks at the optic nerve and multiple special tests that can be performed right here in our office. With early detection, patients who are diagnosed with glaucoma should not go blind. We are very fortunate to have excellent eyedrop medications to lower IOP. And although some people have to use more than 1 drop, usually the drops control the disease. We also have the ability to use lasers or surgery to lower a person’s IOP and to help keep them seeing 20/20!
Glaucoma is a very real and serious condition but with the help of Dr. Schmidt and Dr. Sutton, it should be very treatable. Call us to set up an appointment to make sure that you are not one of the more than 12 million Americans with this disease