Chandler AZ glaucoma
When the internal pressure in your eyes reach an unsafe level, that means you have Chandler AZ glaucoma. Although treatable, it is a disease without obvious symptoms until it has progressed to a more advanced stage. Here at San Tan Eye Care, you can depend on early detection with a yearly screening. And the best outcomes are associated with prompt diagnosis and treatment.
The reason that the pressure in your eyes become too high is that you develop an imbalance in the creation and drainage of eye fluid. Your eyes ordinarily circulate the fluid and then it drains properly. When this process becomes hindered, there is a gradual but unmistakable buildup of fluid that results eye pressure increasing. If not addressed in a timely manner, you could suffer optic nerve damage, vision loss, and even total blindness in the most severe instances. Because our eye doctor is dedicated to preventing the consequences of Chandler AZ glaucoma from happening to you, the recommendation of our office is to be tested regularly. This means once per year, and it applies to all adults, regardless of age, ethnicity, gender, medical history, or heredity. The primary test for identifying Chandler AZ glaucoma is called tonometry, which measures your eye pressure. Additional tests will be performed as required to reach a conclusive diagnosis. In the event that you test positive for the eye disease, our eye doctor will discuss possible treatment options with you, based on what stage of the disease you are in, and other factors. Among the possibilities are eye drops to reduce production of fluid, laser treatments to improve drainage, and microsurgery, during which a new channel is created from which your eye fluid can drain.
Don’t put off being tested. In addition to Chandler AZ glaucoma, our eye doctor will test you for other common eye diseases, so give yourself the peace of mind that comes with either finding out you don’t have anything to be concerned about, or that if you do then the situation is being handled.
Glaucoma diagnosis and management
Chandler Eye Care
When there’s an imbalance between the amount of fluid that your eyes create and the amount that drains from it, this leads to an increase in your internal eye pressure, the disease known as glaucoma. Left undetected and untreated, it can cause severe damage to your optic nerve and eventually, even blindness. In fact, it’s the second leading cause of blindness overall. We at San Tan Eye Care recommend a sound strategy for diagnosis and management of glaucoma. It all begins with a yearly eye exam. That’s a big part of our Chandler eye care.
Like most common eye diseases, glaucoma is sneaky and “silent.” You can’t just expect that some obvious signs will alert you so that you can come in and have it taken care of. It’s in the formative stages that there are no symptoms, but by the time you do notice a problem, it is very likely that you have already suffered some degree of vision loss or damage to your optic nerve, which may not be reversible. When you come in for your yearly eye exam, our optometrist will perform various tests, starting with tonometry, which measures your current internal eye pressure. Other tests include checking your peripheral (side to side) vision, and taking photos of your optic nerve. All of these tests will determine if you do have glaucoma. If so, a management plan will be the next step in our Chandler eye care.
Exactly how glaucoma is approached depends on how far the disease has progressed to that point and if any vision loss or optic nerve damage has already occurred. If caught early enough, eye drops may be all that is required. They act to reduce the amount of fluid that your eyes create and this prevents a buildup of fluid and a subsequent increase in pressure. Another highly effective method is to use laser surgery to enhance your eye’s ability to drain the excess fluid. If necessary or if less invasive methods aren’t efficient enough, our Chandler eye care may recommend microsurgery, in which a new channel will be created from which your eye fluid will drain properly.
San Tan Eye Care
2680 South Val Vista Dr, # 111
Gilbert, AZ 85295