Glaucoma | Optometrist in Chicago, Illinois

Aug 21, 2021

What is Glaucoma?

Glaucoma is a serious eye condition that affects millions of individuals worldwide. It refers to a group of progressive eye diseases that damage the optic nerve, leading to vision loss and potential blindness if left untreated. At Baron Rick W Dr, we understand the importance of early detection and treatment in managing glaucoma.

Symptoms of Glaucoma

Glaucoma is often referred to as the "silent thief of sight" because it typically does not present noticeable symptoms in its early stages. However, as the condition progresses, symptoms may include:

  • Gradual loss of peripheral vision
  • Tunnel vision
  • Blurred vision
  • Severe eye pain
  • Headaches
  • Eye redness
  • Nausea and vomiting (in severe cases)

Causes of Glaucoma

Glaucoma is primarily caused by increased pressure in the eye, known as intraocular pressure (IOP). This elevated pressure can damage the optic nerve, leading to vision loss. The exact cause of this increased pressure is still not fully understood, but certain risk factors can contribute to its development:

  • Family history of glaucoma
  • Advancing age
  • Certain medical conditions, such as diabetes and high blood pressure
  • Prolonged use of corticosteroid medications
  • Eye injuries or trauma

Diagnosis and Treatment

Early Detection and Diagnosis

Regular eye exams are crucial in detecting glaucoma, especially since symptoms may not be apparent until significant vision loss has occurred. During an eye exam, our experienced optometrists at Baron Rick W Dr will perform various tests to evaluate your eye health, including:

  • Measurement of intraocular pressure (tonometry)
  • Examination of the optic nerve
  • Visual field testing
  • Pachymetry to measure corneal thickness

Treatment Options

While there is no cure for glaucoma, early detection and treatment can significantly slow down its progression and prevent further vision loss. Treatment options may include:

  • Prescription eye drops to reduce intraocular pressure
  • Oral medications to manage eye pressure
  • Laser therapy (such as selective laser trabeculoplasty) to improve drainage
  • Surgical procedures (such as trabeculectomy) to create a new drainage channel or implant a drainage device

Trust Baron Rick W Dr for Your Glaucoma Needs

At Baron Rick W Dr, we have a team of dedicated and experienced optometrists who specialize in the diagnosis and management of glaucoma. We understand the impact this condition can have on your vision and overall quality of life, and we are committed to providing personalized care and effective treatment options.

If you suspect you may have glaucoma or have a family history of the disease, please don't hesitate to schedule an appointment with us. Early detection and intervention are key in preserving your vision and preventing further damage from glaucoma. Trust Baron Rick W Dr for all your glaucoma-related needs in Chicago, Illinois.