What Our Ophthalmologist Wants You to Know
Glaucoma is actually the name for a group of disorders, all of which affect the optic nerve. In order for your eyes to function without problems, the optic nerve needs to be healthy. Conditions often cause damage to the optic nerve due to unusually high levels of pressure in the eye. At Texas Eye Surgeons, our treatment staff has years of experience helping patients with complex eye issues.
Doctors aren’t completely sure what starts the process within the eye that results in glaucoma, although, studies suggest there are genetic factors. People who are over the age of 60 and/or have a family history are more likely to develop the disease than the rest of the population. The eye pressure that causes damage to the optic nerve builds due to problems with either the amount of fluid in the eye or the eye’s drainage system. In some people, the eye produces too much fluid. In others, the drainage system doesn’t work as quickly as it should, resulting in too much fluid in the eye. When this pressure gets too high, the optic nerve begins to break down. As the optic nerve deteriorates, blind spots in the vision may result.
There are many different symptoms including:
- A ring of light, or a halo around lights
- Migraines and/or severe headaches
- Blind spots in one or both eyes
- Tunnel vision
- Nausea and vomiting
- Eye pain
It’s important to note that these symptoms can be indicative of other conditions (such as migraine with aura). If you are experiencing these symptoms, it’s important that you get checked out by an eye doctor.
While glaucoma is a degenerative condition with no cure, there are many different treatments to alleviate the symptoms. These include prescription eye drops, oral medications, and/or eye surgery. Our ophthalmologist will work with you to create a treatment plan unique to your needs.
Call Our Eye Surgeon in Plano
If you or a loved one are showing symptoms you think may be related, it’s important that you seek treatment from an eye doctor right away. At Texas Eye Surgeons in Plano and surrounding areas, our eye doctors have years of experience helping patients with complex eye conditions.
Call our conveniently located Plano office at (972) 379-3937.