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Could glaucoma be causing your vision changes?
There are many reasons why you may suddenly be dealing with blurry vision. You may just need a change in prescription, or you may be dealing with the early signs of glaucoma. A family history of glaucoma, as well as certain health problems and age are all factors that can increase your risk for glaucoma. That’s why it’s particularly important for people over the age of 60 to visit their Elmhurst, IL, eye doctor, Dr. Mark Skowron, if they notice these warning signs,
- Blurry vision
- Rainbows or halos around lights
- Loss of vision
- Eye pain
Symptoms will often occur suddenly and appear quickly, so it’s important to act fast and visit your eye doctor right away if you are experiencing any of these symptoms.
Since most people rarely experience early warning signs of glaucoma, particularly those with open-angle glaucoma, it’s important that you visit our Elmhurst, IL, eye doctor every year for an eye exam. This condition is progressive and can lead to permanent blindness. This is why early detection and treatment is key to preserving your eyesight.
What is Glaucoma?
This progressive eye disease causes damage to the optic nerve, which causes a person to lose vision permanently. While there are several kinds of glaucoma the two most common types are primary open-angle glaucoma and angle-closure glaucoma.
Risk Factors for Glaucoma
While our eye doctor will certainly screen anyone for glaucoma, it is particularly important for older adults to get regular glaucoma screenings when they come into the office for their annual exam. While anyone can develop glaucoma, there are certain risk factors. These risk factors include,
- Age: most people who develop glaucoma are over 60 years old
- Genetics: If you have a family member with glaucoma you are at a much greater risk for developing it yourself
- Trauma: If you’ve had eye injuries in the past this can also increase your risk for glaucoma
- Medical conditions: there are certain conditions such as nearsightedness, diabetes and hypertension that can also put you at a higher risk for glaucoma
- Race: You may be more likely to develop glaucoma if you are African American, Hispanic or Asian
While glaucoma cannot be cured there are ways for our team to help you slow the progression of the disease to prevent loss of vision. This includes,
- Coming in for regular eye exams
- Measuring the pressure in your eyes
- Taking certain medications or eye drops
- Stay healthy and active and adding exercise into your routine
When was the last time you visited our Elmhurst, IL, eye doctor for a checkup? If you are noticing changes in your vision, it’s a good idea to play it safe and to schedule an appointment with us. Call Skowron Eye Care at (630) 834-6244.
Roughly 3 million people in the U.S. suffer from glaucoma, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In most cases, this eye condition is painless, but if left untreated could cause your optic nerve to become damaged permanently.
Although there’s still no cure for glaucoma, you could preserve your eyesight when you undergo early treatment for your condition. If you’re concerned about glaucoma or are suffering symptoms, staying vigilant and going to one of our eye doctors here at the Skowron Eye Care in Elmhurst, IL, for an eye checkup is key.
One common cause is high pressure inside the eye that leads to the compression of the optic nerve. Another common cause could be decreased blood flow to the optic nerve. However, even individuals with normal pressure in their eyes could still develop glaucoma. Uncontrolled high blood pressure could likewise cause optic nerve damage. The problem with diagnosing glaucoma is that it seldom causes pain and doesn’t come with noticeable warming signs. Further, damage to your vision is irreversible.
While glaucoma doesn’t typically cause noticeable symptoms during its earliest stages, there are certain warning signs that might suggest its onset. These include changes to your eyesight like sensitivity to light and blurry vision, pain around or in your eyes, and headaches. In most cases, these symptoms might come and go or get progressively worse over time. This is why routine eye exams by our Elmhurst eye doctor is extremely important because early detection leads to early treatment that can prevent the progression of glaucoma.
Glaucoma Treatment Options
Glaucoma isn’t curable. Also, vision loss and nerve damage due to this condition can’t be reversed. The good news is that when caught during the early stage, you can opt for treatment options that could prevent you from losing your vision and slow down the disease’s progression. Essentially, the main aim of treatment is to try and decrease pressure in the affected eye. Treatment options include oral medications, eye drops as well as traditional surgery and/or laser surgery.
Depending on the severity of your condition, your eye doctor may recommend oral drugs and medicated eye drops first. These drops work by reducing eye pressure through draining fluids or minimizing the fluid your eye produces. If these fail to work or are not enough to relieve your symptoms, your eye doctor may recommend surgery.
Worried about your vision?
If you are having vision problems, or think you are experiencing symptoms of glaucoma, reach out to us at Skowron Eye Care in Elmhurst, IL, by calling (630) 834-6244 to schedule an eye checkup with one of our eye doctors.