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Glaucoma Explained in San Antonio, TX

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What Is Glaucoma?

Glaucoma refers to a category of disorders that can hurt the eye's optic nerve, which is responsible for transferring visual stimuli to the brain. If neglected, glaucoma can lead to blind spots and/or total blindness. It is almost always due to increased pressure within the eye from fluid buildup.

Glaucoma primarily affects those over the age of 60. Today, about two million U.S. citizens have glaucoma; however, many of them are undiagnosed. In the beginning, glaucoma has no noticeable symptoms and is often called the “silent thief." Though a cure hasn't been developed for the condition, it can be slowed with early detection and the right therapies.

This condition is a primary reason why undergoing comprehensive eye exams no less than every two years is critical to your general ocular health. At Texas State Optical Bandera, we have state-of-the-art diagnostic techniques and are broadly knowledgeable about the most innovative management methods. If you are over 40 years of age, contact our San Antonio, TX practice to schedule your exam and get ahead of managing your ocular health.


What Are the Symptoms of Glaucoma?

The several types and severities of glaucoma usually have no symptoms at all in the early stages. Nonetheless, each version might also have one or a few symptoms that feel insignificant or severe. When glaucoma starts to advance, patients commonly first notice things like blind spots in their peripheral vision, hazy vision, migraines, and red eyes. As the condition progresses, symptoms may include rainbows around lights, severely decreased peripheral vision, nausea, and eye pain. Since glaucoma doesn't commonly show any symptoms at first, having frequent comprehensive eye exams is extremely important in finding it early enough to control vision loss.

How is Glaucoma Diagnosed?

Glaucoma is typically diagnosed through a comprehensive eye exam that includes several tests. Each test is simple, painless, and takes only a few minutes to complete. First, Dr. Perez will expand the pupils and possibly numb the eyes using no-sting eye drops. We then measure your intraocular pressure (IOP) to determine if it is elevated, which is a key indication of glaucoma. Additionally, we will examine the optic nerve for any damage or abnormalities and test your peripheral vision to identify potential blind spots. Our San Antonio, TX practice also offers the latest in advanced imaging technology to further assess and monitor your condition.

How Is Glaucoma Treated?

When a diagnosis of glaucoma is established, there are a number of techniques available to help control it. All of these treatments focus on lessening internal eye pressure to stop more trauma to the optic nerve. Most people who are in the beginning stages of glaucoma can often delay or stop their vision loss by controlling glaucoma with daily eye drops.

For those whose glaucoma is more advanced, more aggressive treatments, like MIGS (minimally invasive glaucoma surgery), laser therapies, and trabeculectomies, could help the condition quite a bit. Whether we provide these treatments or opt to refer the patient to a trusted specialist, the Texas State Optical Bandera team of eye health experts is dedicated to determining the ideal solutions for our patients' personalized eye health care.

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Take Control of Glaucoma

At Texas State Optical Bandera, we often visit with people experiencing glaucoma to guide them as they manage the condition. It’s comforting to know that detection and intervention in the early stages can allow you to keep your condition under control. Dr. Perez recommends that anyone who has potential symptoms, a genetic predisposition to glaucoma, or an existing diagnosis of glaucoma arrange an appointment at her San Antonio, TX practice.

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How is glaucoma diagnosed?

Glaucoma is detected through comprehensive eye exams, including eye pressure tests, optic nerve health checks, and visual field assessments. At Texas State Optical Bandera, advanced diagnostics are used for precise detection, with a focus on regular check-ups for San Antonio, TX residents over the age of 40.

Can glaucoma be cured?

There is no cure for glaucoma, but early detection and treatment can slow or stop its progression. Texas State Optical Bandera offers various management options to maintain eye health and prevent further optic nerve damage.

What are the treatment options for glaucoma?

Treatment options include daily eye drops, laser therapies, and surgical procedures, all aimed at reducing eye pressure. The specific treatment plan depends on the severity of the condition and individual patient needs.

*Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person. Images may contain models.