Aging can impact us in many ways. While fine lines and wrinkles on the face are often the first concern to patients, many don’t realize how many conditions that impact the eye are related to aging. Glaucoma is a condition that often occurs in aging patients. This condition results in damage to the optic nerve, which relays images to the brain so we can see. The cause of glaucoma is pressure that builds up within the eye. This pressure, over time, damages the optic nerve and can eventually cause permanent blindness. Many patients do not notice early symptoms or problems with their vision when they have glaucoma, but it can quickly progress and leave patients with long-term vision loss.
How is glaucoma treated?
The primary concern with glaucoma is the increased pressure in the eye. Certain medications can be prescribed that can be used to reduce the pressure. At the same time, these drugs need to decrease aqueous humor fluid and increase its drainage. However, if patients do not comply with treatment or do not seek treatment early on, they may be able to undergo surgery or laser therapies that can improve drainage and in turn reduce pressure.
What increases my risk of developing glaucoma?
There are certain factors that may be related to one’s development of glaucoma. In addition to aging, patients with the following history or lifestyle might be at a higher risk of having this condition, including patients:
- With diabetes
- Taking steroid medications
- With injury/trauma to the eye
- With a family history of glaucoma
- With high blood pressure or heart disease
- Who are of certain ethnic descent, such as Irish and African American
- With thinner corneas
Learn more from the team at Thom Eye and Laser Clinic
Glaucoma is a condition that can impact your life forever, so early detection and treatment is key. Thanks to advanced treatments, many Fargo, ND area patients can seek relief from this condition and slow its progression with the help of a professional. Contact our ophthalmologist and his team of Thom Eye and Laser Clinic by calling (701) 235-5200. Appointments made are completed at our facility located at 2601 University Drive South. New patients are invited to work with our team to learn more about their vision health and speak to a professional about their needs.