Many people only think of vision correction when they think of an examination at a vision care center with an optometrist. Vision correction is only one phase of a comprehensive eye examination, optometrists such as Riverdell Family Vision Care look at the total extent of the health of your eyes and detect, diagnose and treat eye diseases such as glaucoma. Our practice is the Glaucoma specialist in Oradell and we help our patients manage this very serious eye disorder.
Glaucoma is a group of eye conditions that can damage the optic nerve due to abnormally high pressure in the eye, which is caused by a buildup in fluid throughout your eye. As the optic nerve gradually deteriorates blind spots develop in the visual field. Unfortunately, glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness in the US and it is often associated with aging although it can come on at any age. Often called the silent blinder, there are very few discernible symptoms of glaucoma until it has reached its advanced stage, which is why annual examinations at our office is so important. The vision loss due to glaucoma cannot be reversed, but if caught early the effects of the disease can be slowed or prevented. Our doctor will check for the early stages of glaucoma by measuring the intraocular pressure and corneal thickness, inspect the drainage angle and test for damage to the optic nerve as well as areas of vision loss.
According to our glaucoma specialist in Oradell the disease can be managed and kept in check, the goal is to reduce the intraocular pressure. The first treatment for glaucoma is generally the use of prescription eye drops to improve the way fluid drains from the eye or to decrease the amount of fluid in your eyes depending on the ingredients of the particular eye drop. Sometimes oral medications are also given in conjunction with the eye drops. If the eye drops don’t reduce the fluid sufficiently either laser surgery or a traditional surgical procedure called trabeculectomy can be used to reduce the fluid in the eye, depending on which type of glaucoma is involved. Whatever the treatment chosen it has a better chance of working the earlier it is used. Please make an appointment with our office to have your eyes examined and then have it done every year to catch glaucoma and other serious eye diseases as soon as they start to develop so we can begin to manage and treat them.