Glaucoma is a category of eye disorders linked to dangerously raised internal eye pressure. The buildup in eye pressure can damage the eye's optic nerve disrupting the transmission of visual information to the brain. Early stages of untreated glaucoma include a loss of your peripheral vision and progressed eye damage could eventually lead to blindness.
Most cases of glaucoma are not typically associated with pain and also produce no noticeable symptoms until vision loss occurs. Because of this many cases go unnoticed until irreversible optical nerve damage has occurred along with a range of permanent vision loss.
Comprehensive eye exams include a screening for glaucoma using a machine called a tonometer. The tonometer is used to measure the pressure inside your eye. One of the most common tonometers use a puff sent onto the surface of the eye to test the internal pressure. Another method of glaucoma screening involved advanced imaging technology that monitors the eyes optic nerve over the course of your exams to ensure that no changes have occurred.
Visual field testing is another way to determine loss of peripheral vision. It involves staring ahead while holding a button that will allow you to click when you see a flashing light in the edges of your vision. The test catches any blind spots that may develop as a result of damage to the optic nerve as a result of glaucoma.
At the Ragsdale Vision Center, we have the knowledge and the new technology to diagnose and treat glaucoma. Please schedule an appointment with us so we can provided you with the best care available.