Understanding Glaucoma in Optometry and Ophthalmology
Glaucoma is a group of ophthalmological diseases that can damage the eye’s optic nerve and result in permanent vision loss and blindness. It is the second leading cause of blindness in general and the leading cause of preventable blindness in the United States. The incidence of Glaucoma increases with age up to about 20 percent for those 80 and over.
Approximately three million people have glaucoma, and about half are not aware that they have the disease. Glaucoma can cause permanent and serious vision loss resulting in restricted tunnel vision and, eventually, complete blindness. With early treatment, however, you can often protect your eyes against serious vision loss. The concern is that early glaucoma has no symptoms, such as pain, redness or noticeable changes in vision. By the time patients notice changes in their vision resulting from glaucoma, blindness is impending.
An annual dilated eye exam protects from permanent vision loss. During your eye examination, your eye pressure and the condition of the optic nerve will be measured. If signs of glaucoma exist, more tests will be conducted, and our optometric physician may create a custom glaucoma treatment plan in our clinic to help maintain your vision. Our eye physician, Dr. Jeffery Graf OD FAAO, specializes in the diagnosis of all types of glaucoma.
If you live in St. George, Utah, or the surrounding areas of Garfield County, Utah, or Ely or Lincoln City, Nevada, and you suffer from glaucoma, or if you have not had an annual ophthalmological or optometric eye exam, please call Graf Medical Eye Care at 435-634-0420 to schedule an appointment for high-quality medical eye care.