When your eye is subject to too much internal pressure, it creates a dangerous condition that can lead to optic nerve damage, vision loss, or even blindness. The disease is called glaucoma. And here at Somerset Hills Eye Care Center, it is our priority to diagnose it in a timely fashion, and treat it promptly.
You might be wondering where all this pressure originates. The answer is that an imbalance is created between the amount of fluid that your eyes create and the amount that they drain. Due to this, the fluid builds up, and up goes the pressure. Glaucoma develops over time, but its onset can be accelerated by a severe eye infection, force trauma, or chemical contamination. Typically, both eyes are affected, but one eye can have it worse than the other. There are no symptoms in the early stages, but our eye doctor in Bernards is able to detect it with an examination and testing. Tonometry is the baseline test, since it gauges the level of internal eye pressure you have right now. A yearly visit is highly recommended, because by the time you do notice signs such as vision loss, tunnel vision, eye pain, seeing halos around lights, eye redness, and nausea or vomiting, it is usually an indication that the disease has progressed to an advanced stage, meaning you are at an increased risk for complications. Treatment possibilities include reducing fluid production, increasing drainage efficiency, and creating a new channel from which the fluid in your eyes can drain. Our eye doctor in Bernards will discuss the options with you and suggest the one that is most applicable to your circumstances.
There is no reason to hesitate. Contact our office to arrange a time to come in and be tested for glaucoma by our eye doctor in Bernards.