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Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases that can cause vision loss and blindness by damaging the optic nerve, the bundle of nerve fibers that connects the retina with the brain to produce sight. It is often caused by fluid build-up on the front part of the eye that causes increased eye pressure and can damage the optic nerve. Even though glaucoma is normally painless, this damage is irreversible. The best form of detection is through regular eye exams and if you suspect you are experiencing symptoms, timely treatment is critical.
Acute angle-closure glaucoma produces more noticeable symptoms because there is a quick buildup of pressure. Symptoms of acute glaucoma include:
If you notice any of these symptoms, get medical attention immediately.
If you think you might have glaucoma, come see us for a complete eye exam. Your UCHealth eye doctor will take your complete medical history and examine your eyes, and may do the following tests:
If you have glaucoma, these tests will help determine which type you have, which in turn helps dictate the treatment you need.
Anyone can develop glaucoma, so you should get regular eye exams. However, some people are at higher risk than others.
The risk factors for glaucoma are:
Anyone in these risk groups should get a complete eye exam on a regular basis.
Glaucoma is a serious condition, but there’s hope. Fortunately, most patients can be helped with eye drops alone. With early detection and treatment, the chance of vision loss is very low. Our team approach ensures you’ll get the right treatment for your eyes through:
Our surgeons are experienced in all of these procedures, including minimally invasive glaucoma surgery (MIGS).
Glaucoma is usually a painless disease, so you should get regular eye examinations even if you don’t have any symptoms. Let us help you keep to a regular eye health schedule, and you can prevent glaucoma and other eye diseases . Your future looks brighter indeed.
Dr. Malik Kahook MD, Ophthalmologist | UCHealth
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