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What is Glaucoma?

Glaucoma

Glaucoma, the leading cause of blindness in the United States, is an eye disease characterized by increased fluid pressure within the eye which results in damage to the eye and ultimately loss of vision. Since the most common forms of glaucoma have no symptoms, the disease typically goes unrecognized and undiagnosed until advanced stages. Therefore, it is important that any signs of glaucoma are examined by an ophthalmologist as early as possible.

Vision loss in a patient with glaucoma is caused by damage of the optic nerve due to elevated eye pressure. In the front of the eye, there is a space called the anterior chamber. In this space, a clear fluid flows in and out, and is responsible for the nourishment of the tissue inside of the eye. When there is a problem with drainage in the eye, this clear fluid can start to build up and cause pressure in the eye. In turn, the elevated pressure in the eye pushes on the optic nerve, causing damage.

Not every person with increased eye pressure is going to develop glaucoma. Some patients tolerate increased eye pressure better than others. We cannot tell which patients are more affected than other, which is why comprehensive eye exams are extremely important in maintaining eye health.

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The symptoms of glaucoma are often undetectable, making damage hard to notice before it is too late. The development of glaucoma is very gradual, and there is no pain. Vision stays normal during the beginning stages. Patients with undetected glaucoma will notice a fade in peripheral (side) vision first. Over time, side vision will become increasingly obscured, and eventually tunnel vision will develop. Next, central vision will start to fade until vision is completely gone.

Doctors can work to stop the advance of glaucoma at any stage, but vision that is already lost can not be salvaged. Damage to the optic nerve is not reversible, however, treatment to decrease the pressure in the eye causing glaucoma can be treated.

If you have not had your eyes screened for glaucoma recently, call us at Eye Health Vision to make an appointment for an eye exam.

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What is Glaucoma?

Glaucoma

Glaucoma, the leading cause of blindness in the United States, is an eye disease characterized by increased fluid pressure within the eye which results in damage to the eye and ultimately loss of vision. Since the most common forms of glaucoma have no symptoms, the disease typically goes unrecognized and undiagnosed until advanced stages. Therefore, it is important that any signs of glaucoma are examined by an ophthalmologist as early as possible.

Vision loss in a patient with glaucoma is caused by damage of the optic nerve due to elevated eye pressure. In the front of the eye, there is a space called the anterior chamber. In this space, a clear fluid flows in and out, and is responsible for the nourishment of the tissue inside of the eye. When there is a problem with drainage in the eye, this clear fluid can start to build up and cause pressure in the eye. In turn, the elevated pressure in the eye pushes on the optic nerve, causing damage.

Not every person with increased eye pressure is going to develop glaucoma. Some patients tolerate increased eye pressure better than others. We cannot tell which patients are more affected than other, which is why comprehensive eye exams are extremely important in maintaining eye health.

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The symptoms of glaucoma are often undetectable, making damage hard to notice before it is too late. The development of glaucoma is very gradual, and there is no pain. Vision stays normal during the beginning stages. Patients with undetected glaucoma will notice a fade in peripheral (side) vision first. Over time, side vision will become increasingly obscured, and eventually tunnel vision will develop. Next, central vision will start to fade until vision is completely gone.

Doctors can work to stop the advance of glaucoma at any stage, but vision that is already lost can not be salvaged. Damage to the optic nerve is not reversible, however, treatment to decrease the pressure in the eye causing glaucoma can be treated.

If you have not had your eyes screened for glaucoma recently, call us at Eye Health Vision to make an appointment for an eye exam.

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The Greater New Bedford Surgical and Laser Center was opened in 1986 with the express purpose of rendering high quality, state of the art eye surgery to patients of all ages, especially those with cataracts, glaucoma, or cornea disease. The Center is designed specifically with the needs of the patient in mind. The entire process from initial examination to final outcome is conducted in a pleasant comfortable environment.

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