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Catching Glaucoma Early is the Key to Treatment
Your eyes are a very precious commodity, and you want to take good care of them. Looking good with stylish options and designer eyeglass frames can be a lot of fun and it's probably important to you, but there's more going on that you'll need to be aware of.
Here at Advanced Eyecare Center of Manhattan Beach and Redondo Beach, we can provide you with the level of care your eyes really need, to catch problems like glaucoma early. The sooner treatment starts, the better your options will be.
Understanding Glaucoma is Important for Treatment Decisions
There are a number of diseases your eye can develop, and glaucoma is one of the more serious. It comes from having too high of a pressure in your eye - called intraocular pressure. This happens more often in people with high blood pressure, but can also occur in patients with normal or even low blood pressure, where it would not be expected.
Testing for glaucoma is easy and painless, but it's very important that your optometrist checks for it at your routine visits. We test all of our patients for glaucoma, because early detection is very important. When glaucoma is found, there are options to prevent any further eye damage.
Glaucoma Needs to be Caught Early
The faster glaucoma is detected, the more that can be done in order to treat it successfully. There are prescription medications that are generally effective in reducing the pressure within the eye. As the pressure comes down to a more normal range, the damage that is being done to the eye will stop.
However, it's very important to note that glaucoma damage cannot be reversed. That's why it's so important to catch it and start treating it as early as possible If left untreated, glaucoma can cause complete blindness. We know your eyes are important to you, and want to help you protect them.
Your Optometrist Can Suggest the Best Eyecare Options
While getting a diagnosis of glaucoma can be frightening, your optometrist can provide you with eyecare options that will work for you. If medication does not prove to be effective in your particular case, a laser can be used to make a tiny hole and relieve the excess pressure in the eye. At Advanced Eyecare Center of Manhattan Beach and Redondo Beach, we are trained in several options to treat glaucoma and other eye diseases.
Once you begin treatment, the pressure in your eyes will be lower and you won't have to worry about losing your vision. Of course, you'll still want to see us regularly to make sure the medication or laser procedure - or a combination of the two - is working properly and keeping your eye pressure within normal limits. While glaucoma is often a disease that comes with advanced age, it can strike anyone. That's why we test all of our patients, no matter their age, to protect the health of their eyes.