Glaucoma is a condition that impacts the eyes due to damage of the optic nerve. The condition is the second leading cause of blindness in adult men and women. With a proper diagnosis from a medical professional, many patients can address the issue before it progresses into a more severe problem.
What is glaucoma?
Dr. Stuart P. Sondheimer of Skokie, IL describes glaucoma as damage to the optic nerve that can result in continued loss of vision. However, glaucoma does not cause any noticeable symptoms in the earlier stages. An eye physician, however, can diagnose the condition in the early stages with a thorough eye examination. As the condition progresses, patients will notice discomfort and changes to the eyesight. The most common symptoms that may develop include:
- Blurry vision
- Eye reddening
- Gradual loss of peripheral (side) vision
- Later stages of tunnel vision
- Severe eye discomfort and pain
If any of these conditions develop and persist, it is recommended that patients contact their eye physician for an evaluation.
What can be done for glaucoma?
Once glaucoma has been diagnosed, patients will need to work with their physician to discuss possible treatment options. In the earlier stages, patients may be able to address the problem with medicated eye drops or oral prescription medications. However, the later stages may require surgical intervention to address, including traditional surgery or laser alternatives. When patients receive a diagnosis of glaucoma, their doctor will discuss the options patients have based on their individual needs and specific concerns.
Is there anything I can do to reduce my risk of developing glaucoma?
Many patients who visit Dr. Stuart P. Sondheimer and are worried about the development of glaucoma may ask about glaucoma prevention and risk factors. Below are some of the risk factors for glaucoma:
- Family history of glaucoma
- High blood pressure
- High blood sugar levels associated with diabetes
- Thin cornea
- Recent injury or eye surgery
- Corticosteroid uses
- Aging (patients over the age of 40)
Discuss your concerns for glaucoma today
With early diagnosis and intervention, many patients can address their condition with the assistance of a medical professional. Dr. Stuart P. Sondheimer of Skokie, IL can assist. Call (847) 677-2794 to schedule an appointment at 9150 Crawford Avenue, Suite #201.