How do I know if I am at risk for glaucoma?
There are several segments of the general population that are at risk for glaucoma; advancing age, particularly individuals over the age of 60; African Americans; siblings or children of glaucoma patients; people who are extremely nearsighted or farsighted; and patients with diabetes.
Can glaucoma be prevented?
No. However, if glaucoma is detected early enough, the damage to the eye can be stabilized.
Can glaucoma be treated?
Yes. With early detection and treatment, we can usually prevent serious vision loss or blindness from glaucoma.
Does glaucoma testing take long?
Not at all. You can be screened for glaucoma in less than 30 minutes.
Does glaucoma testing hurt?
No. The tests are painless and leave no after-effects. Results of the tests will be discussed by the eye doctor during the visit.
What if the screening shows that there is a problem?
At that point, further examination is recommended to confirm glaucoma. If the diagnosis of glaucoma is confirmed, the sooner we begin treatment, the better.
What are the treatment options for glaucoma?
That's the good news. There are a number of highly effective treatment options for glaucoma patients. Most patients are started on eye drops as the initial treatment. Laser therapy may be appropriate for certain forms of glaucoma. Finally, if medical or laser therapy fails to control the disease, surgical therapy may be necessary. Fortunately, with early detection, most forms of glaucoma can be successfully treated and visual loss may be halted. The physicians and surgeons at Minnesota Eye Consultants have the latest in diagnostic and treatment options available for the earliest detection and most effective treatment.
For more information about glaucoma, or to schedule a glaucoma screening, please call 1-800-Eye-To-Eye or contact us here.