Understanding Glaucoma

It is critical for everyone to take care of their eyes. This means educating themselves on some of the most common eye conditions that could impact their vision, such as glaucoma. The team at Dr. VanDerPloeg and Associates is here to make sure that everyone in Amelia, Batavia, and Cincinnati, OH, understand glaucoma and the dangers of this eye disease.


Why It Is Important to Understand Glaucoma

Glaucoma is several eye diseases that make the eye to increase pressure within it. The elevated pressure from glaucoma is the result of the interior fluid in the eye backing up. If the condition progresses and is left untreated, it can damage the optic nerve and permanently take the sight of the person affected. Furthermore, glaucoma can present itself without obvious symptoms. This is one of the reasons why we encourage all of our patients to have an eye exam done. The earlier we can detect glaucoma, the faster we can manage it, preserving as much sight as possible.

Symptoms of Glaucoma

Glaucoma has two main types, which are open-angle and angle-closure. Open-angle glaucoma is the most common type and develops slowly, affecting the peripheral vision at first. Angle-closure glaucoma is the severe type, and usually, no symptoms occur before an attack. The earliest signs before the attack are redness of the eyes, vomiting, nausea, seeing halos around bright lights, intense pain in the forehead or eye, blurry vision, and mild headaches. If you have any of these symptoms, you need to see an eye doctor, like Dr. VanDerPloeg, as soon as possible because it could lead to blindness.

Common Treatments for Glaucoma

Although glaucoma can result in permanent vision loss, which cannot be reversed, eye care treatments such as medicine and surgery can stop or slow the advances of it. In mild cases, Dr. VanDerPloeg will prescribe eye drops to reduce the fluid buildup in the eye. If the drops do not ease the symptoms, eye surgery is needed to decrease the elevated pressure.

Come and Visit Dr. VanDerPloeg and Associates Today

Glaucoma is not a condition to take lightly. With the latest technology at Dr. VanDerPloeg and Associates, we can help preserve your sight. If you are looking for an eye doctor in the Amelia, Batavia, or Cincinnati, OH, areas, then look no further than our optometry team. Please call us today at 513-753-4981 to make an appointment.

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