3 million Americans…80 million people worldwide…These are the statistics for those who suffer from glaucoma.
Glaucoma, a silent blinding disease, is the #1 leading cause of preventable vision loss and blindness in the United States. It is also the second leading cause of blindness in the entire world, leaving an estimated 4.5 million people blind worldwide. With early detection and treatment, Eagles Landing Health can help stop or slow the progression of the disease and save your vision before it’s too late.
What is Glaucoma?
Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases that leads to optic nerve damage, due to increased pressure from built-up fluid inside of the eye or eyes. Peripheral vision (what you can see on the sides of your head when looking forward) is typically the first to deteriorate. As glaucoma progresses, your central vision (important for seeing objects clearly and for daily tasks such as reading, writing, and driving) will also start to fade. Though lowering the eye pressure can help decrease the risk of further vision loss, once the vision is lost from the disease, it usually cannot be restored.
Signs and Symptoms:
Unfortunately, there are no early signs or symptoms of glaucoma, which is why more than 50% of those who suffer from glaucoma are unaware they even have the disease. Noticeable symptoms of vision loss typically only occur after the disease has already progressed. This is why glaucoma is also known as “the sneak thief of sight.”
Why go to ELH for your Glaucoma Screening?
Quick & Easy
One of the most trusted imaging processes that is not invasive. We have skilled and trained technicians and physicians that will assist you.
Easily Targets Problems Areas
We provide detailed images of the various structures of the retina and can show abnormalities that may threaten normal vision.
Taking action to preserve your vision with early detection and treatment is key.
Though forms of treatment depend on the type and severity of glaucoma in patients, treatments can include medicated eye drops, oral medication, or laser procedures. In more severe cases, minor surgery may be necessary to help reduce internal pressure in the eye and to slow down further progression of the disease, preventing additional vision loss. Over time, glaucoma left completely untreated can cause total permanent blindness in one or both eyes.
What to expect during your Glaucoma Screening:
During the glaucoma screening, patients will be placed in a dark room for 10-15 minutes to help naturally dilate their eyes. If they do not dilate on their own, our technicians will place drops in your eyes to open your pupils, allowing them to get a better look inside. Once dilated, pictures will be taken of both eyes and exported in the dashboard of the IRIS website. The patient will then complete a Visual Field Test for each eye on our Zeiss FDT device. If the screening comes back abnormal, patients must follow up with an ophthalmologist for further diagnosis and treatment.
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My stay was short, problem was diagnosed, and I have no complaints. All personnel was friendly and cordial. Everyone acted very professional, in the performance of their duty.
Eurskine L. | ELH Patient
How do I know if I'm at risk for glaucoma?
Those at risk for developing glaucoma include:
• Anyone over the age of 65 are 6 times more likely to get glaucoma, and it is the leading cause of blindness for those over the age of 60.
• African Americans over the age of 50 are 6 to 8 times more likely to get glaucoma.
• Anyone with a family history of those with glaucoma, as it’s known to be inherited.
• Patients who suffer from diabetes are 2 times more likely to get glaucoma than those without diabetes.
• Those who have suffered a significant eye injury, even if it occurred in childhood.
• Those taking certain medications, such as steroids for asthma.
Are there different types of glaucoma?
Yes, there are different types of glaucoma, with the most common form being open-angle. All types include:
• Primary open-angle glaucoma
• Normal-tension glaucoma or low-tension glaucoma
• Angle-closure glaucoma
• Congenital glaucoma
• Secondary glaucomas
• Pigmentary glaucoma