Am I at Risk of Glaucoma?

Glaucoma is a group of conditions that damage the optic nerve, which is essential for healthy vision. Anyone can get glaucoma, but some people are at greater risk of developing this disease than others.

When you have glaucoma, you have increased pressure due to fluid buildup inside your eyes. This can lead to blindness. However, it tends to develop gradually, so it’s important to get regular eye exams and to know about your risk factors. The doctors at Paragon Eye Associates can screen you and let you know if you’re at risk for developing glaucoma.  

Common risk factors for glaucoma

Some people are at greater risk for glaucoma. Among the risk factors are:

Routine eye exams are essential for everyone. But if you have the above risk factors, having a doctor examine your eyes regularly is crucial to screen you for glaucoma and, if discovered, to begin treating it before it gets worse.

How we screen for glaucoma

During your standard eye exam, the doctors at Paragon Eye Associates may dilate your eyes. This is a common test for glaucoma. We also measure the pressure of your eyes and the thickness of your corneas, inspect the drainage angle of your eyes, test your peripheral vision, and check the health of your optic nerve.

Symptoms of glaucoma

Symptoms of glaucoma tend to develop gradually. Some of the symptoms of glaucoma that you may notice include:

If you have any of the above symptoms, call us right away or go to the emergency room. Don’t just brush them off as minor annoyances because they can be signs of a much more serious issue.

How we treat glaucoma

The damage caused by glaucoma can’t be reversed, so early detection is key to preventing blindness. When we do detect the early signs of glaucoma, the first step is to try to reduce the pressure in your eyes. We generally start with prescription eye drops. Some types of drops include beta-blockers, prostaglandins, and alpha-adrenergic agonists.

These eye drops alter the outflow of fluid from your eye or decrease production of the fluid in your eye. Altering either of these factors works to reduce the pressure in your eyes, which is the most important thing to do for glaucoma.

Glaucoma can cause blindness, and once blindness sets in, it’s irreversible. It’s crucial to keep up with regular vision exams so we can catch problems before it’s too late. Contact Paragon Eye Associates today for an eye exam by calling our Arlington location at 817-631-9824 or our Mansfield location at 817-662-7979.

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