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Eye pressure and glaucoma

Eye pressure and glaucoma detection are important
Eye pressure and glaucoma 

First, we should explain just what glaucoma is. Glaucoma is a group of diseases that damage the eye’s optic nerve that can result in vision loss and blindness. The good news is that you can protect your vision against serious loss with early detection and treatment with Dr. Hecht.


Glaucoma symptoms

In the very early stages of glaucoma, it has no symptoms. Glaucoma causes no pain and your vision remains normal. Also, glaucoma can develop in one or both eyes. Without diagnosis and treatment, you can slowly lose your peripheral or side vision.

Without treatment, you may not see objects to the side and out of the corner of your eye. Your vision may appear as though looking through a tunnel. Over time, your central vision may decrease and rapidly dim.


There are two types of glaucoma: Open-angle and acute angle-closure

Open-angle glaucoma signs and symptoms:

• Gradual loss of peripheral vision
• Tunnel vision in the advanced stages

Acute angle-closure glaucoma signs and symptoms:
• Severe eye pain
• Nausea and vomiting (accompanying the severe eye pain)
• Sudden onset of visual disturbance, often in low light
• Blurred vision
• Halos around lights
• Reddening of the eyes

Questions about eye pressure and glaucoma

Questions about eye pressure and glaucoma
Questions about eye pressure and glaucoma

Q: Can I develop glaucoma if I have increased eye pressure?

A: Not necessarily. Just because you have increased eye pressure does not mean you will develop glaucoma. Some people tolerate higher levels of pressure in the eye better than others.

Q: Can I develop glaucoma without an increase in my eye pressure?

A: The short answer is yes. Glaucoma can develop without increased eye pressure. Low-tension or normal-tension glaucoma are types of open-angle glaucoma where even normal pressure levels can result in loss of vision.

That’s why it is very important to have a yearly eye exam.

Q: Who is at risk for open-angle glaucoma?

A: Anyone can develop glaucoma. Some ethnic groups are at higher risk than others such as African Americans and Latinos over 40, and people with a family history of glaucoma but everyone over age 40 and individuals with certain health issues could be at risk.

The simple solution in determining if you have glaucoma is to make an appointment with Dr. Hecht and get a comprehensive glaucoma check.

Protect your vision. Come see Dr. Hecht about eye pressure and glaucoma.


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