While a certain amount of pressure in your eyes is normal, a higher than normal amount of pressure can cause a serious eye disease called glaucoma. Glaucoma can cause damage to the active nerves in your eyes leading to a permanent loss of vision. While there are about 60 different types of glaucoma, open-angle eye glaucoma is the most common one. Over three million people in the United States are diagnosed with the disease each year. Here at New Century Ophthalmology, we understand the importance of a comprehensive optometry exam along with a glaucoma test to ensure each patient’s eye health and overall well-being.
Signs and Symptoms of Glaucoma
There are several signs and symptoms of glaucoma, including blurred vision, severe throbbing eye pain, reddening of the eyes, headaches in the forehead area or around your eyes, and nausea. Also, if you start to see halos around lights, including rainbow-colored circles, or start having an unusual sensitivity to light, you should have the pressure in your eyes checked out by our team as soon as possible. Those who are over the age of 40 are at more risk of getting glaucoma.
Importance of Eye Exams
An eye exam not only helps to see if your prescription has changed at all, but it also helps our patients have a full understanding of their eye health. That is why we test for glaucoma at every annual eye exam. Early detection can help decrease the risk of glaucoma and the ensuing related vision loss. This is why keeping your annual eye doctor appointment is important and why it becomes more important as you age.
Our team will perform glaucoma testing on your eyes at all of your yearly eye exams, including applanation tonometry. During this kind of test, a drop of medicine for numbing is applied to each of your eyes. A small device briefly touches your eye to take a measurement of the amount of pressure in your eyeball. It does not hurt and only takes a second or two. In non-contact tonometry testing, no numbing medicine is used. Instead, a gentle puff of air is put into your eyes to measure the pressure.
We at New Century Ophthalmology in our Raleigh and Oxford locations can treat glaucoma by using medications that are designed to slow down the progression of the disease. We know how important your eyesight is to you, that’s why it is our passion to bring our patients the best quality of eye care service. Call today to see how our team can help you and your family.