If glaucoma runs in your family, it is important that you visit our vision practice, Riverdell Family Vision Care for periodic eye exams. Our optometrist in New Milford, Dr. Bruce Meyer, can test your eyes for many eye diseases and disorders, including glaucoma.
Glaucoma is one eye disease which often has few symptoms in the early stages. For this reason, it is particularly important to come to our office for annual eye exams, and more often, if indicated by our optometrist. It is important that glaucoma is diagnosed in the early stages so that early treatment can be provided. Today, there is no cure for glaucoma so treatment focuses on prevention, to halt the progression of this dangerous eye disease. Our optometrist in New Milford will test the intraocular pressure in your eyes during a comprehensive eye exam. This test is completely painless and only takes a matter of seconds. If the pressure in your eyes is high, then other tests may be needed to make a definitive diagnosis of glaucoma. There is high intraocular pressure in your eye when the liquid in the front of the eye doesn’t circulate properly. If the channel through which the liquid should drain is blocked, glaucoma develops. The reason for this blockage is unknown, but it can be inherited. This is why you may be more likely to develop glaucoma if you have a parent with this eye disease. Rarely, eye surgery can also make it more likely that you will get glaucoma, as does the presence of other diseases such as diabetes. Glaucoma is a collective term for several diseases which all affect the optic nerve. The two main kinds of glaucoma are open-angle glaucoma and angle-closure glaucoma. Open angle glaucoma is the most common type of this eye disease; it develops gradually over time. If you have angle closure glaucoma there can be a sudden buildup of pressure in your eye which can cause eye pain and vision disturbances. It needs immediate treatment.
For an appointment to see our optometrist in New Milford, contact us today.