Glaucoma FAQs

Glaucoma is a serious condition that affects nearly three million adults. It can affect your vision and even lead to blindness if left untreated. At New Vision Optical Wilmette, we want to make sure our patients have all the information they need about this eye disease. Let’s look at some of the common questions we run into regarding glaucoma.

Glaucoma FAQs

What Is Glaucoma?

Glaucoma is an eye disease that affects the optic nerve. It's a progressive disease because it usually gets worse over time. Glaucoma can occur when the fluid pressure inside your eye increases. Glaucoma can eventually lead to blindness.

Who Is At Risk For Glaucoma?

The risk of glaucoma increases as you age. Individuals over the age of 60 are more likely to develop the disease. Other risk factors include family history, African descent, previous eye injuries, and eye surgery.

Why Are Routine Eye Exams Important?

There are virtually no early warning signs for glaucoma. Did you know that nearly half of the people affected by glaucoma don't even know they have it? This is why routine eye exams are so important. If you're over the age of 60, you should have your eyes checked for glaucoma every year.

What Are The Early Warning Signs Of Glaucoma?

If glaucoma advances, there are noticeable symptoms you should be aware of. These include:

  • intense headaches accompanied by eye pain
  • nausea and vomiting
  • seeing halos around lights
  • sudden changes in vision

How Is Glaucoma Diagnosed?

Comprehensive eye exams can be used to detect glaucoma. During the exam, we will dilate your eyes so we can examine the optic nerve for signs of damage. We will also measure the pressure inside your eye, which can be a sign of glaucoma.

Can Glaucoma Be Treated?

While there isn't a cure for glaucoma, advancements in eye care have made living with it much easier. If you are diagnosed with glaucoma, we will work with you to develop a treatment plan. This may include eye drops, oral medications, laser surgery, or conventional surgery.

Can You Prevent Glaucoma?

There isn't a way to completely prevent glaucoma, but you can take steps to reduce its likelihood. These include:

  • Having regular eye exams with an optician
  • Eating a healthy diet
  • Not smoking
  • Managing other medical conditions such as diabetes

Call Our Opticians In Wilmette, IL

If you have any questions about glaucoma, don't hesitate to contact our team at New Vision Optical Wilmette. We are happy to help our patients better understand this serious eye condition. Don't forget that regular eye exams are your best defense against glaucoma. Call our team today at (847) 251-3330 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.

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