Glaucoma is a disease which occurs when there is increased fluid pressure within the eye. In patients with glaucoma, the fluid within the eye doesn’t drain properly. If glaucoma is not treated, the increased pressure can cause irreversible damage to the optic nerve that can result in permanent vision loss. Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness in the world. Many people with glaucoma may not be aware they have the disease because there are no symptoms in the early stages of glaucoma.
Early Diagnosis can prevent vision loss
Glaucoma can be detected during your regular eye exam by your eye care physician and treatment recommended. That is why regular eye exams are recommended for all people over the age of 40. Asheville Eye Associates offers Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT), an advance diagnostic technology that allows for earlier detection of glaucoma than traditional testing options. Schedule an eye exam at Asheville Eye Associates so you can meet with our physicians. CLICK HERE TO REQUEST AN APPOINTMENT. Or call our office at (828)258-1586.
Who is at risk to develop glaucoma?
Glaucoma affects almost 4 million Americans. Anyone can develop glaucoma, but you are more likely to develop glaucoma if you:
- Are African-American
- Have family members with glaucoma
- Have diabetes
- Have had a serious eye injury in the past
- Take corticosteroid medications
- Have a history of high eye pressures
- Are over 35 years of age