Glaucoma Causes and Treatment
Are you or a loved one suffering from glaucoma? Dr. Ali Mohebbi and his staff of Faro Optometry in Lynwood is here to help. Keep reading for more information on glaucoma and how we can help you.
What is Glaucoma?
Glaucoma is an eye condition that does damage to the optic nerve in the eye. Over time, pressure builds in the eye, making the condition worse as more time goes by. Most people get glaucoma as they age.
There are two main types of glaucoma, angle-closure and open-angle glaucoma. Angle-closure glaucoma is the most common with fluid not draining out properly. Open-angle glaucoma is when the area that drains fluid becomes narrow.
Causes of Glaucoma
When fluid in the eye is blocked from getting out, it causes a buildup of liquid, hence the pressure that stays in the eye. Other causes of glaucoma are serious eye infections, chemical or blunt injury to the eye, and inflammatory issues.
Symptoms of Glaucoma
The main symptom of open-angle glaucoma is loss of side vision. This is a symptom that is not seen until the disease has further developed.
There are several symptoms of angle-closure glaucoma. These symptoms are:
- Hazy eyes
- Pain in the eyes
- Seeing halos with lights around them
- Vomiting or upset stomach
- Redness in the eye
- Loss of vision
If you notice any of these symptoms, see a doctor right away to get treated for glaucoma.
How We Can Help
If you have any of the signs above, please come in to get checked for glaucoma. Glaucoma tests are usually done during your eye exam. Drops are put in your eyes so that the doctor can check for signs of glaucoma.
There are a few ways glaucoma can be treated. Oral medication and eye drops can help slow down blockage of liquid in the eyes.
Laser surgery can also help slow down optic nerve damage in the eyes. Trabeculoplasty opens up the drainage area. With iridotomy, the ophthalmologist will make a small hole in the iris to allow fluid to move through. Cyclophotocoagulation is a surgical procedure where the middle layer of the eye is treated to lower the amount of fluid produced in the eye.
Please contact us if you have any questions about glaucoma and how we treat this disease. We are here to help you out.
Call Faro Optometry Today!
Make an appointment today to get treated for glaucoma. You can visit us at Faro Optometry in either our Lynwood or Los Angeles offices. If you prefer, you can schedule an appointment over the phone by calling the Lynwood office at 310-844-7961 or the Los Angeles office at 310-988-1033.