Glaucoma refers to several different conditions that share many common characteristics. These diseases cause vision problems that result from damage to the eye’s optic nerve. When the optic nerve is damaged, the eyes cannot communicate with your brain and thus your vision is reduced, and for some, lost entirely.
Losing your vision can be devastating. Loss of vision can mean loss of independence and many obstacles ahead. Luckily, while glaucoma is debilitating, there are also many things you can do to reduce your chances of going blind from this disease. The easiest way to limit your probability of losing your vision is by early detection and proper treatment. Regularly scheduled dilated, eye examinations are essential for your eye health. Between exams, if you develop a new disease or are experiencing any changes in your vision including reduced or blurry vision, make an appointment to be assessed by an ophthalmologist immediately.
Even if you do not notice any changes in your vision, it is important to be aware if you are “at-risk” for glaucoma so that you can take preventative measures to slow it down or stop it from developing. While anyone can develop glaucoma, “at-risk” populations appear to be more susceptible to the disease. Such “at-risk” groups include individuals with weakened immune systems, diabetes, people over the age of 60, or if you have a family history of glaucoma.
There are several different methods for glaucoma detection that are relatively easy and non-invasive. If glaucoma is detected, taking a prescribed eye-drop is often sufficient to prevent further damage. Taking the proper steps now can prevent vision deterioration in the future. Contact Eye Michigan for an appointment.