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Glaucoma is a disease damaging the optic nerve and is usually caused by a buildup of fluid in the front part of the eye, which results in an increase in pressure, which damages the nerve. It is the leading cause of blindness for people over 60. However, early detection can limit the damage of the disease, and prevent blindness.
The two most common types of glaucoma optometrists in Sheridan and Gillette WY see are primary open angle glaucoma and angle closure glaucoma.
One of the reasons why regular eye exams are important is because optometrists in Sheridan and Gillette can often catch early signs of the disease before symptoms become obvious. Once the damage is done, it can't be reversed so it is important to start treatment as soon as possible once a diagnosis is confirmed. Common symptoms of the glaucoma condition are:
In both types of glaucoma, a good deal of damage can happen to the optic nerve before any symptoms develop. When symptoms do develop they begin as the appearance of blind spots in your side vision. Tests conducted at Wyovision during regular eye exams can often find early stage glaucoma so that glaucoma treatment in Sheridan and Gillette can begin. If glaucoma is noticed by our eye doctors in Sheridan and Gillette it is important to move quickly to seek glaucoma relief in Sheridan and Gillette.
At Wyovision once we find glaucoma we can help you decide on various treatment options. Unfortunately, actual nerve damage is irreversible, but there are options that will limit any further progression including medication, and laser and operating room surgery. Medications are usually eye drops that reduce eye pressure. Medications may produce side effects such as:
The two types of laser surgery performed for glaucoma are trabeculoplasty and iridotomy
Whether detecting or treating glaucoma, at Wyovision our compassionate eye doctors in Sheridan and Gillette can help you decide what treatment is best for you. To schedule an appointment contact our Sheridan office at (307) 673-5177 or Wyovision Gillette at (307) 682-2747.