Glaucoma in Phoenix, AZ
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What is Glaucoma?
Glaucoma is the name for a set of conditions that can deteriorate the optic nerve, which has the important job of sending visual impulses to the brain. If left untreated, glaucoma will typically result in vision loss and/or total blindness. It is nearly always caused by elevated intraocular pressure from fluid buildup.
Glaucoma primarily impacts people past the age of 60. Today, approximately two million people in this country have glaucoma, many of whom haven't been diagnosed. In the beginning, glaucoma doesn't have any discernable symptoms and is frequently known as the "silent thief." Though there is no cure for the disease, it can be managed via early diagnosis and appropriate treatments.
Conditions like glaucoma are a major reason why scheduling comprehensive eye exams a minimum of every other year is crucial to your general eye health. At Advanced Vision & Achievement Center, we have the most up-to-date diagnostic technologies and are highly trained in the best management methods. If you are over the age of 40, call us at our Phoenix, AZ facility to plan your exam with Dr. Neha Amin LaCorte or Dr. Mary Hardy and get ahead of managing your eye health.
What are the Symptoms of Glaucoma?
The many kinds and severities of glaucoma frequently don't have any symptoms at all in the initial stages. Nonetheless, each type can also cause one or a few symptoms that feel insignificant or severe. When glaucoma begins to worsen, people commonly initially notice things like blind spots in their peripheral vision, hazy vision, headaches, and bloodshot eyes. As the condition advances even more, symptoms might include pronounced glare, extremely reduced peripheral vision, nausea, and eye pain. Because glaucoma won't usually have any symptoms until its advanced stages, receiving regular comprehensive eye exams is crucial to diagnosing it soon enough to manage any vision loss.
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Take Control of Glaucoma
At Advanced Vision & Achievement Center, we frequently have consultations with men and women dealing with glaucoma to help them manage the disease. It’s reassuring to know that getting a diagnosis and treatment as early as possible can allow you to keep your symptoms under control. Dr. Amin and Dr. Hardy encourage any person who has these symptoms, a family history of glaucoma, or a current diagnosis of glaucoma to schedule an appointment at their Phoenix, AZ facility.
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Will I go blind from glaucoma?
Most glaucoma patients do not go blind. While blindness is rare, affecting about 5% of patients, sight impairment is more common. Proper treatment and regular follow-up can stabilize the condition, leading to a favorable outcome.
What is it like to have glaucoma?
Living with glaucoma typically involves regular doctor visits and daily eye drop medications. Some activities, like driving, may become challenging due to effects like loss of contrast sensitivity and light sensitivity, but patients can generally continue their normal routines.
How often should I see my eye doctor?
Newly diagnosed glaucoma patients might need frequent eye pressure checks initially. Over time, regular checkups several times a year are necessary, and the frequency will be part of your treatment plan.