The human eye is an extremely complex and delicate set of organs and can be easily damaged by injury or disease. Once lost vision is often impossible to restore. The best defense against eye problems is an annual comprehensive eye examination. Our Main Street Eye practice can not only prescribe any necessary vision corrections for the eyes but also detect current and developing eye diseases while they are still in the early stage when treatment is less invasive and more effective. One such eye disease is glaucoma and it takes a Royal Oak glaucoma screening to detect it at an early stage.
Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness in the US. It is not just one single disease but a group of eye disorders that result in damage to the optic nerve that sends images to the brain. In most cases glaucoma is caused by abnormally high intraocular pressure, which is often associated with the accumulation of the eye’s naturally produced fluid. The disease progresses so slowly that victims usually do not notice the gradual loss of vision until the disease has reached an advanced stage. The most common type of glaucoma is primary open-angle glaucoma. While glaucoma can strike at any age it is more prevalent among older people. To test for glaucoma during the annual dilated Royal Oak glaucoma screening our doctors will measure the tonometry or pressure in the eye; inspect the eye’s drainage angle as well as the optic nerve. They will also test your peripheral vision.
Glaucoma can be treated in a variety of ways. Our doctor may use eye drops to reduce the pressure and the amount of accumulated fluid, or prescribe oral medications that do the same types of things. A combination or drops and pills are sometimes used. If these treatments are not effective our doctors will work with the patient’s ophthalmologist who may perform laser surgery or traditional surgery to change the angle of the eye’s drain. Don’t play Russian Roulette with your vision let our doctors perform an annual Royal Oak glaucoma screening.