Glaucoma is a degenerative eye disease that can lead to blindness if left untreated. The good news is that glaucoma is highly treatable and vision loss from glaucoma can be prevented with early detection and eye care. That's why Today’s Vision offers comprehensive glaucoma screenings and treatment services for our patients in Prosper, Little Elm, Crossroads, Salina, and Aubrey, TX.
Who Needs to Be Screened for Glaucoma
If you're over the age of 40, have a family history of glaucoma, are African American, or have diabetes, you are at increased risk for glaucoma and should be screened regularly. Even if you don't fall into any of these high-risk categories, it's still a good idea to have your eyes checked for glaucoma at least once every two years.
What Happens During a Glaucoma Screening?
During a glaucoma screening, your eye doctor will perform a thorough eye exam to check for signs of glaucoma. This will include a visual acuity test, tonometry (measurement of intraocular pressure) reading, dilated eye exam, and visual field testing. This information provides data for an accurate diagnosis in most cases.
Treatment Options for Glaucoma
There are several treatment and management options available for glaucoma and the best one for you will depend on the severity of your disease and your individual needs. Some common treatment options for glaucoma include:
- Prescription eye drops: This is often the first line of defense against glaucoma. Eye drops can help lower intraocular pressure and protect the optic nerve.
- Oral medications: If eye drops aren't effective in lowering intraocular pressure, our optometrist may prescribe oral medications.
- Laser surgery: In some cases, laser surgery may be necessary to treat glaucoma. This type of surgery can be used to open the drainage canals in the eye, which helps lower intraocular pressure.
- Traditional surgery: In more severe cases of glaucoma, traditional surgery may be necessary. This type of surgery involves making an incision in the eye to allow for the placement of a drainage tube.
Schedule Your Glaucoma Screening or Treatment
If you're due for a comprehensive eye exam or are experiencing any symptoms of glaucoma, schedule an appointment with Today’s Vision in Frisco, TX. We offer eye care services for patients of all ages. Whether you live in Prosper, Little Elm, Crossroads, Salina, or Aubrey, our eye doctor can help you get the eye care services that you need. Call our team today at (972) 954-5488 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.