Glaucoma and Eye Care from Our Optometrist on Our Optometry Team
At Fountain Valley Optometry in Fountain Valley, CA, we understand the importance of recognizing and providing treatment for glaucoma. We have the training to diagnose, treat, and help manage this eye condition that can cause irreversible vision damage. We provide optometry services, from evaluations and screenings to treatments and follow-up care.
Risk factors of Glaucoma
Glaucoma is a progressive eye disease that can cause irreversible damage to the optic nerve and eventually lead to blindness. One of the primary causes of glaucoma is high intraocular pressure (IOP). When the pressure within the eye becomes too high, it can damage the optic nerve and hinder its ability to transmit visual information to the brain.
Another factor that may contribute to your risk for glaucoma is genetics. If someone in your family has had glaucoma, you may be at an increased risk of developing it yourself. Certain ethnic groups, such as African Americans, are also more likely to develop glaucoma than other populations. Other medical conditions like hypertension or diabetes may increase one's risk as well.
This condition remains one of the leading causes of blindness. It can be important for older individuals or those with a family history of glaucoma to receive regular eye exams to identify any signs or symptoms early on before they progress into serious problems that could result in permanent vision loss.
One of the most effective ways to manage glaucoma is through regular eye exams with a professional eye doctor. Early detection and treatment can help slow down or even prevent vision loss.
Treatment options for glaucoma may include special eye drops and surgery. Although we do not provide surgery, we can help recommend you to a professional that does. Eye drops might be provide at the first line of treatment as they work by lowering intraocular pressure.
It can be useful for individuals with high glaucoma risk factors to maintain a healthy lifestyle by eating a balanced diet rich in antioxidants and exercise regularly.
Visit Us to Check for Glaucoma Using an Eye Exam
At Fountain Valley Optometry, we can help provide our patients with the eye care they need to preserve their eye health. Contact our office today to book an appointment with our optometrist. Call us at (714) 210-2393 for glaucoma eye care from our optometrist on our optometry team. Our eye doctor is here to help.