Is glaucoma treatable?

Mature woman sitting on the sofa wearing glasses Dr. Stuart P. Sondheimer of Skokie, IL, sees patients on a regular basis who are dealing with certain conditions that impact their vision. This includes issues such as glaucoma. While a diagnosis of glaucoma may sound scary, there are a few treatment options available to patients that can slow the progression. So let’s take a closer look at glaucoma to better understand what it is and how it can be addressed with the help of a professional.

What is glaucoma?

Glaucoma is a condition that damages the optic nerve in the eye. It typically happens when fluids build up in the frontal area of the eye. That extra fluid then increases pressure in the eye that can damage the optic nerve. If untreated, glaucoma can result in permanent loss of vision. In fact, glaucoma is the leading cause of blindness for people over 60 years old. But treatment can prevent or slow vision loss from glaucoma.

What are the symptoms of glaucoma?

Most people with open-angle glaucoma, the most common type, don’t have any early symptoms or pain. That is why it is essential to see your doctor regularly for routine eye exams. On the opposite side of the spectrum, angle-closure glaucoma presents symptoms and requires immediate care as it is considered a medical emergency. This condition may cause:

  • Sudden onset of intense eye pain
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Severe headache
  • Blurred vision
  • Halos around lights
  • Redness in the eye

How is glaucoma treated?

There is currently no cure for glaucoma. However, there are several treatments available to help slow the progression of the disease and preserve vision. The goal of glaucoma treatment with our team is to lower eye pressure. Depending on the type and severity of your glaucoma, your treatment plan may include:

  • Medications: Several types of eye drops can be used to treat glaucoma by reducing fluid production or increasing fluid drainage from the eye.
  • Surgery: If medications don’t work, surgery may be an option. There are various types of surgery depending on the type of glaucoma you have.
  • Laser surgery: This type of surgery uses a laser to make a small hole in your eye. This helps to improve drainage and lowers eye pressure.

If you think you may be at risk for glaucoma, or if you require a routine eye evaluation, call Dr. Stuart P. Sondheimer’s practice at 847-677-2794 to request an appointment at his Skokie, IL area office.

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