Glaucoma

Glaucoma Specialist
One of the scariest statistics in ophthalmology is that half of all people suffering from glaucoma don’t even know they have the disease. The team of doctors at South Shore Eye Care in Wantagh and Massapequa, New York, are passionate about prevention, early diagnosis, and the long-term preservation of your vision. Because there are often no symptoms associated with this debilitating disease, glaucoma is often diagnosed during a routine annual eye exam. Have you had a comprehensive eye exam in the past 12 months? If not, do yourself a favor and schedule today.

Glaucoma Q & A

What is Glaucoma?

Glaucoma refers to the deterioration of the optic nerve from long-term exposure to increased intraocular pressure, resulting in progressive vision loss.

What are the Signs and Symptoms of Glaucoma?

Most patients never notice signs and symptoms until they are blind in at least one eye. Those who do generally report:

  • Blurred vision
  • Severe head and eye pain accompanied by vomiting
  • Sudden loss of sight
  • The appearance of multi-colored "halos" around bright lights

Who is at Highest Risk of Developing Glaucoma?

If you are African-American and over 40, Hispanic and over age 60, or have a blood relative with glaucoma, you have an increased risk of developing the disease. Additionally, if you’ve ever been diagnosed with chronic eye inflammation or thin corneas or you take medications that increase ocular pressure, you are at increased risk.

Is There Anything You Can Do To Prevent Glaucoma?

While there is no sure way to prevent glaucoma, the following steps can aid in the prevention and early detection:

  • If you’ve been prescribed eye drops, take them exactly as prescribed
  • Never miss your annual comprehensive eye exams
  • Wear eye protection when doing activities that put your eyes at risk
  • Know your family history and notify your ophthalmologist if glaucoma runs in your family

Is There a Cure?

There is no cure for glaucoma; this disease is considered a lifetime diagnosis. However, you and your doctor can work together to stop the progression of glaucoma and preserve your vision using:

  • Medications
  • Laser treatment
  • Surgery

If You Have Glaucoma in One Eye Can It Spread to the Other?

Glaucoma doesn’t spread, but in most cases, it affects both eyes. The onset of glaucoma is often inconsistent between eyes. This means that one eye may be in advanced stages of vision loss while the other might exhibit no symptoms of the disease.

Can Blindness Caused By Glaucoma Be Reversed?

Unfortunately, once your optic nerve has been damaged, it does not repair itself. Blindness caused by glaucoma is usually permanent. This is why it’s so critical to see your eye doctor annually, as increased intraocular pressure can be detected before problems develop.

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