Glaucoma can be symptomless because it generally causes very gradual changes early on. It’s important to have regularly scheduled eye exams with your EVERY EYE Care optometrist, practice owner Terrence Roberts, OD. Dr. Roberts checks for glaucoma and other serious eye diseases, and can start treatment right away if you need help. Book your appointment at the Fayetteville, Georgia practice using the online tool or by phone today.
Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases that occur when you have optic nerve damage due to high intraocular (inner eye) pressure. Although glaucoma can cause vision loss, it doesn't have to. By having regular glaucoma screening and starting treatment early, you can maintain your vision and avoid blindness.
Dr. Roberts can check for glaucoma in several ways.
Eye dilation, which involves just a few drops in your eyes, allows Dr. Roberts to look at your optic nerve closely for indicators of glaucoma. This is a part of a comprehensive vision exam.
Dr. Roberts measures your intraocular pressure using a tonometer. Your intraocular pressure isn't the only glaucoma test needed because it's not always elevated with glaucoma and also because some fluctuation can be normal. However, it can help diagnose glaucoma in combination with other tests.
In a visual field test, Dr. Roberts checks for blind spots in your peripheral vision. You'll rest your head in a machine that occasionally flashes signals in your side viewing field, and you tell Dr. Roberts when you see the signals.
In some cases, you may need a retina test to diagnose glaucoma. This may include a check of corneal thickness, digital retina scanning, or mapping of your retina using optical coherence tomography.
Dr. Roberts has all of the equipment needed for these tests on-site at EVERY EYE Care. If Dr. Roberts determines that you have glaucoma, you can start treatment to minimize its effects right away.
There are several different approaches to glaucoma treatment. Medication, which can include both eye drops and oral medication, is usually the most effective early glaucoma treatment.
Medication can reduce your intraocular pressure, reduce fluid production, or prompt more efficient fluid drainage. It's important to continue your medication as long as prescribed. If you stop taking the medication, your glaucoma can quickly return.
Sometimes, particularly in advanced glaucoma, you may need surgery. Laser trabeculoplasty can improve fluid drainage when it's dangerously high. If you need this type of surgery, Dr. Roberts will refer you to a trusted local surgeon and then co-manages your care. Even if you have surgery, you may still need daily medication.
Get glaucoma help at EVERY EYE Care through the online scheduler or by phone now.