Count on Spectrum Eye Care For Help With Glaucoma

Even though Glaucoma can affect people of all ages, it’s most common in people over 60. And one of the best ways to catch and possibly prevent the development of glaucoma is with regular eye exams. The optometrist at Spectrum Eye Care is committed to helping patients throughout Colorado Springs get the best possible eye care. If you are experiencing any issues with your vision, schedule an appointment as soon as possible. We will complete a thorough examination of the health of your eye and test for any vision problems.

What is Glaucoma?

Glaucoma affects the optic nerve, which is located at the back of the eye and is what sends signals from the eye to your brain. Fluid inside the eye typically flows and drains naturally through the eye. When the fluid does not drain properly, pressure builds within the eye, which can begin to damage the optic nerve.

There are two types of glaucoma:

Open-Angle Glaucoma: This type is more common and is typically painless and doesn’t cause changes in vision in the beginning stages. With this type, eye pressure builds slowly, causing vision problems gradually as increased pressure damages the optic nerve.

Angle-Closure or Closed-Angle Glaucoma: This type is less common, but can cause vision loss quickly and can be painful. It occurs when the iris, the colored part of the eye, is too close to the drainage angle, where the fluid leaves the eye. When the fluid isn’t able to drain, pressure builds very quickly and is considered an acute attack. This should be addressed immediately.

Signs of an acute attack include:

  • Sudden Blurry Vision
  • Severe Eye Pain
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Colored Rings or Halos Around Lights

Glaucoma Treatment

Although there is no cure for glaucoma, there are effective treatments available.

For open-angle glaucoma, catching the disease early is key. Treating and preventing pressure from building up is often done with prescription eye drops. If this method is ineffective, some patients may require stronger medications, laser treatment, or surgery. Because this type of glaucoma can develop without any symptoms, regular eye exams are an essential part of catching the disease early and developing a treatment strategy.

Angle-closure glaucoma is an emergency and should be addressed immediately. Patients can be given medication to reduce pressure, but will most likely need a laser surgery which will create a small hole in the iris that allows fluid to drain.

Glaucoma can be a scary condition, but it’s very possible to catch and treat it early with regular eye exams. If you are in your 50s or 60s, consider scheduling a yearly exam in order to monitor the health of your eyes.

The optometrist at Spectrum Eye Care, Dr. Bennett, specializes in glaucoma and can provide superior care and service. Schedule an appointment with our Colorado Springs team today.