Could You have Glaucoma and not know it?

Are the people of Colorado Springs and Canon City, Colorado at risk of getting Glaucoma?

Are the people of Colorado Springs, Colorado at risk of getting Glaucoma?

Does your diminishing eyesight have you worried that something serious may be wrong with your eyes? No need to worry, this article will tell you what you need to know about glaucoma, if you could have it, and what questions you should ask your eye doctor.

Almost 3 million people ages 40 and older have glaucoma, yet only half know they have it. Even more alarming is that the number of people with glaucoma is projected to increase in the next few decades to more than 4 million by 2030 and more than 6 million by 2050

Find out if you are at risk for Glaucoma!

First of All... What is Glaucoma? Medical Definition

 

Glaucoma is a group of diseases that damage the eye’s optic nerve and can result in vision loss and in some cases even blindness. However, with early detection and treatment by a caring Optometrist, serious vision loss can be prevented.

Optic Nerve

optic nerve diagram

The optic nerve is built of more than 1 million nerve fibers. It connects the retina to the brain. (As seen in the diagram above.) The retina is the light-sensitive tissue at the back of the eye.  Essential for good vision is a healthy optic nerve.

What happens inside an eye that has Glaucoma?

The below YouTube video was created by the National Eye Health Education Program (NEHEP). It does a fantastic job explaining what happens in the eye of someone with glaucoma by comparing it to a clogged sink.

So what's happing is; fluid in the eye flows too slowly, eye pressure increases, and the extra pressure damages the optic nerve. If the optic nerve is severely damaged then it's all over... Should we be scared? Maybe...

You Could have Glaucoma and not know it!

What are the numbers?

About one half of everyone that has glaucoma does not even know that they have the diseaseThe sad truth is that half of the U.S. population that has glaucoma doesn't even know that that they have the disease! THAT'S CRAZY!

Almost 3 million people ages 40 and older have glaucoma, yet only half know they have it. Even more alarming is that the number of people with glaucoma is projected to increase in the next few decades to more than 4 million by 2030 and more than 6 million by 2050

What causes glaucoma?

At the front of the eye, there is a small space where clear fluid flows in and out. This clear fluid feeds nearby eye tissue. When the clear fluid flows too slowly, it creates pressure on the optic nerve. This pressure can harm the optic nerve and cause glaucoma and vision loss.
image of normal vision verses a scene as it

Who is most likely to get glaucoma?

Anyone can get glaucoma, but some people have a higher chance of getting it. People who have a higher chance are African Americans over the age of 40 and anyone over the age of 60 (especially Mexican Americans). Additionally, if glaucoma runs in your family, you also have a higher chance of getting it.

What are the symptoms of glaucoma?

In its early stages, many times there are no symptoms or pain. As glaucoma gets worse, you may slowly lose your side vision. If it remains untreated, you may miss objects to the side and out of the corner of your eye. It is like looking through a tunnel. Over time, straight-ahead vision may decrease until no vision remains.

How is glaucoma detected?

An eye care professional can determine whether a person has glaucoma through a comprehensive dilated eye exam. During this exam, drops are put into the eyes to enlarge the pupils. The eye care professional is then able to see more of the inside of the eye to check for signs of damage to the optic nerve. A dilated eye exam is important because screening for eye pressure alone is not enough to detect glaucoma.

How is glaucoma treated?

Glaucoma cannot be cured, but treatment can help control the pressure in your eye and delay further damage to the optic nerve. The most common treatments include:

  • Medications, such as eye drops or pills
  • Laser surgery
  • Traditional surgery

Treatment usually begins with medication and, if needed, laser surgery. Traditional surgery is usually for patients whose eye pressure cannot be controlled with medication or laser surgery.

Conclusion

What Can You Do?

First Things First, visit your Eye Doctor ASAP! Here at Blair Vision Care we have competent and caring eye doctors that will answer all your questions and provide you with the best eye care possible. Get tested for glaucoma and don't be afraid to ask questions. If you don’t understand your eye care professional’s responses, ask questions until you do understand. It is your eye sight on the line so make sure you are being taken care of!

Find out if you are at risk for Glaucoma!

What are some questions to ask?

About my eye disease or disorder…

  • What is my diagnosis?
  • What caused my condition?
  • Can my condition be treated?
  • How will this condition affect my vision now and in the future?
  • Should I watch for any particular symptoms and notify you if they occur?
  • Should I make any lifestyle changes?

About my treatment…

  • What is the treatment for my condition?
  • When will the treatment start and how long will it last?
  • What are the benefits of this treatment and how successful is it?
  • What are the risks and side effects associated with this treatment?
  • Are there foods, medicines, or activities I should avoid while I’m on this treatment?
  • If my treatment includes taking medicine, what should I do if I miss a dose?
  • Are other treatments available?

About my tests…

  • What kinds of tests will I have?
  • What can I expect to find out from these tests?
  • When will I know the results?
  • Do I have to do anything special to prepare for any of the tests?
  • Do these tests have any side effects or risks?
  • Will I need more tests later?

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Contact Blair Vision Care:

Colorado Springs Office

PHONE:

 719-999-8404

Address:

 3958 N Academy Blvd
Suite 108 & 109
Colorado Springs, CO 80917 

BUSINESS HOURS:

Monday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM 

Tuesday: 8:00 AM - 5:30PM 

Wednesday: 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM 

Thursday: 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM 

Friday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM 

Canon City Office

PHONE:

 719-431-6434

Address:

 700 Main Street
Canon City, CO 81212

BUSINESS HOURS:

Monday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Tuesday: 8:00 AM - 6:30PM

Wednesday: 8:00 AM - 6:30 PM

Thursday: 8:00 AM - 6:30 PM

Friday: 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM

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