Glaucoma Services from Your Optometrist in Seattle, WA
Many of our SPEX Eye Care patients are surprised to learn that glaucoma is not a singular condition. Our optometrist notes that the term that covers a group of eye disorders that can cause damage to the optic nerve. The goal of treatment at our Seattle and Bellevue offices is preventing or slowing a patient’s vision loss.
Overview of This Eye Disease
This eye disease ranks #2 among the causes of blindness among U.S. residents. It develops with advancing damage to the optic nerve. This causes blind spots in an individual’s field of vision.
Damage is the result of increased pressure within the eye due to an accumulation of aqueous humor, although experts are uncertain of exactly how this occurs. Without proper treatment, this condition sometimes results in blindness. Once vision is lost, treatment cannot restore it.
Glaucoma has two main types: open-angle and angle-closure. Open-angle is the more common. The difference between them is the manner in which blockage of eye fluid interferes with proper drainage.
Patients with open-angle disease typically experience patches of blind spots in their central or side visual field. Those with advanced cases might suffer from tunnel vision.
Angle-closure patients might complain of pain in the eye, blurry vision, eye redness, significant headaches, and halos around lights. Some experience nausea and vomiting.
Patients in these circumstances face an above-average risk for this disease:
- Being older than 60
- A family history
- Higher-than-normal intraocular pressure
- Long-term use of corticosteroid medication
- Ethnicity that is Hispanic, African-American, or Asian
- Being severely nearsighted or farsighted
- Having corneas with thin central portions
- Suffering from medical conditions such as diabetes
- Undergoing certain types of prior eye surgeries or experiencing an earlier eye injury
Diagnosis and Treatment
There is no way to prevent glaucoma, according to our optometrist. Our practice strives to preserve as much of the patient’s vision as possible thanks to early diagnosis, then treatment. Our doctor makes a diagnosis as the result of a comprehensive physical exam and performing several tests.
Our goal is to reduce the patient’s eye pressure. Prescription eye drops are one therapy to accomplish this. Some individuals need systemic medications. When appropriate, we will offer a referral for surgery such as laser therapy, inserting a drainage valve, destroying unwanted tissue, or making a drainage flap.
Schedule an Appointment with Our Seattle Optometrist!
Be proactive about protecting your vision by scheduling regular eye exams from our optometrist. Out SPEX Eye Care practice offers a full range of optometric services and focuses on providing one-on-one attention to each patient. Be sure to call us today to schedule an appointment at our Seattle office (206-682-9515) or our Bellevue location (425-747-3937).