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By Princeton Eye and Ear
March 30, 2016
Category: Ophthalmology
Tags: glaucoma  

Find out more about glaucoma and your treatment options.

Are you experiencing blurred vision or eye pain? If so, then you need to see one of our Lawrenceville ophthalmologists Dr. Chirag Shah glaucomaor Angana Shah as soon as possible to figure out the cause of your symptoms. Vision changes are nothing to ignore. Find out if your symptoms could be indicative of glaucoma and how this condition is treated.

What is glaucoma?

Glaucoma is a group of eye problems that cause damage to the optic nerve, which is necessary for vision. Glaucoma is usually the result of too much pressure in the eye. Unfortunately, this is one of the leading causes of blindness in the US and can happen at any age even though it’s found more often in older adults.

Because glaucoma doesn’t always have warning signs it’s important that you see your eye doctor in Lawrenceville each year for eye exams. During these exams, we can measure eye pressure to catch glaucoma early and prevent vision loss.

What are the symptoms?

The symptoms you experience will depend on the type of glaucoma you have. One-angle glaucoma is characterized by patchy blind spots in either the center or periphery and often occurs in both eyes. Those with more advanced open-angle glaucoma may also experience tunnel vision.

Those with acute angle-closure glaucoma may experience any of these symptoms:

  • Red eyes
  • Eye pain
  • Headaches
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Blurry vision
  • Halos around lights

What are my treatment options?

Since glaucoma damage can’t be reversed it’s important to visit us regularly for checkups to prevent vision loss. The main goal of treatment is to lower eye pressure. This can be done in one of several ways:

Eye drops

This is usually the first treatment recommended and by decreasing the amount of fluid in your eye it can also reduce pressure. Your Lawrenceville eye doctor will need to prescribe these eye drops for you.

Medication

If eye drops are effective enough an oral medication may be prescribed to reduce your eye pressure.

Laser surgery

Laser surgery may be the next step if medications don’t effectively reduce your eye pressure. But you’ll be comforted to know that this procedure only takes between 10 and 15 minutes and is painless. By directing the laser at the eye we can change how the eye drains fluid to reduce the amount of fluid is in the eye.

Traditional Surgery

When all other treatment options have been exhausted then traditional surgery is the best option for treating your glaucoma. Surgery can be used to treat both forms of glaucoma and by making a small flap in the sclera (white portion of the eye) we can help to drain excess eye fluid.

Whether you are at risk for developing glaucoma or not you still need to keep up with your annual eye exams. Call Princeton Eye and Ear in Lawrenceville, NJ to book your next visit.