Excessive eye pressure is the primary marker of glaucoma, one of the most common eye diseases. It can develop at any time of life, and it hasn’t any obvious signs to alert you to it until reaching an advanced stage. And that’s why we at Chagrin Valley Optometrists recommend a yearly visit for our Bainbridge glaucoma screening.
What causes the increase in eye pressure? Well, your eyes create fluid, they circulate it, and then they drain it. When everything is operating as it should, this is a simple process. But what about when more fluid is made than can be effectively drained? It’s the buildup of undrained fluid that causes glaucoma. The disease usually progresses steadily over time, but if you suffer eye trauma, chemical contamination, inflammation, or infection of your eyes then glaucoma can speed up significantly. Possible symptoms include vision loss (even minimal), tunnel vision, haziness of the eyes, and nausea and vomiting, particularly when combined with one or more other indications. And since those signs generally mean the later stages, you’ll need timely attention for them. Better is to have our Bainbridge glaucoma screening annually, which will make it much more likely that the disease will be diagnosed before it can reach that point. The baseline test for glaucoma is tonometry, which measures your internal eye pressure. Among the treatment options are eye drops that reduce your fluid production, laser treatments to increase drainage efficiency, and microsurgery to create a new drainage channel. The most appropriate one will be based on your needs and preferences, including the severity of the disease.
In advanced glaucoma, damage can occur to your optic nerves. Don’t take such risks. Reach out to our office so that we can schedule a time for you to come in for our Bainbridge glaucoma screening.