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Glaucoma Services from Your Portland Optometrist

Glaucoma is a thief that can steal an individual’s sight.  Among U.S. residents, it ranks second as a reason for blindness.  Our Portland optometrist screens patients who visit our Foster Vision practice for this and additional diseases of the eye.  In the event of a positive diagnosis, each patient receives a customized treatment plan.

Normal Eye vs. GlaucomaOverview of Glaucoma

Glaucoma is an incurable condition.  It is not preventable. 

The disease develops as the result of excess optic nerve pressure caused by fluid within the eye.  Elevated pressure occurs when aqueous humor in the eye does not circulate correctly.  While it occurs only rarely, surgery unrelated to the disease can be a cause. 

Typically, patients are in their 40s or older.  Being of African-American, Inuit, Japanese, Russian, Scandinavian, Hispanic, or Irish ancestry elevates risk.  Other risk factors include:

  • Family history
  • Poor vision
  • Being diabetic
  • Taking certain steroids
  • Suffering eye trauma

This disorder usually develops in both eyes.  However, it might affect one more significantly than it does the other.  The objective of our optometrist is preserving the greatest amount of vision possible.

The two primary types of the disorder are open-angle—the more common—and angle-closure.  They are distinguished from each other by the reason why fluid drainage is inadequate.

Unfortunately, many patients do not receive a diagnosis until the disorder has reached an advanced stage.  The earliest symptom is usually a peripheral vision loss.  Others include headaches, blurred vision, eyes that appear cloudy, eye pain, and seeing halos surrounding lights.

Glaucoma Treatment Options

Treatment for glaucoma lasts for the lifetime of a patient.  Continued monitoring is necessary to lower pressure on and prevent damage to the optic nerve. 

The first step toward a diagnosis of this eye disease is a comprehensive eye exam by our optometrist.  Various tests are part of the assessment.

According to our eye doctor, standard methods of managing this disease are using medicated eye drops, other medications that work systemically, and glasses to correct the patient’s vision.  For serious cases, laser surgery is advisable to lower the pressure in the affected eye.

Managing eye pressure over time can slow and in some cases halt optic nerve impairment.  An early diagnosis is important in delaying the progression of this disease.

Schedule an Eye Exam with Our Portland Optometrist

Once destroyed, vision cannot be restored.  Getting an eye exam on a regular basis is the best way to protect it.  Our three Portland optometrists provide a full range of vision care services, including both emergency and scheduled appointments.  Call our Foster Vision practice at (503) 546-4460 today to schedule an appointment.  You’ll love the professional and personalized care we offer area families.

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