Glaucoma Services from Your Optometrist in Addison and Burbank, IL
Vision loss from glaucoma is permanent. Most people have heard of this eye disease due to its increasing incidence as baby boomers reach their senior years. In fact, it is not a singular disorder but a term designating a collection of eye disorders capable of damaging the optic nerve. The treatment objective of our Eye Care Center Limited optometry practice for patients who visit our Addison or Burbank office is preventing or at least slowing vision loss.
What is Glaucoma?
Glaucoma ranks second on the list of disorders responsible for U.S. blindness. As damage to the patient’s optic nerve keeps advancing, blind spots in the visual field eventually develop.
Damage to this nerve occurs as aqueous humor in the eye accumulates. Without the proper treatment, blindness results. Our doctor of optometry cannot restore any vision that has been lost.
Of the two types of glaucoma, open-angle is more common than angle-closure. The manner in which fluid blockage occurs and fails to drain correctly differentiates the two.
Open-angle patients commonly experience blind spots in the side or central field of vision, sometimes eventually resulting in tunnel vision. Angle-closure patients frequently report headaches, blurry vision, eye pain, halos around lights, and/or eye redness.
A number of risk factors link to both types of the disorder:
- Age greater than 50
- Higher-than-normal intraocular pressure
- Family history
- Specific eye surgeries
- Long-term corticosteroid use
- Earlier eye injury
- Being severely nearsighted or farsighted
- Corneas with thin sections in the center
Optometry Treatment Options
Since signs of glaucoma are often subtle, our optometry practice encourages patients to help protect their vision by keeping up with regular vision exams and reporting any changes to our doctor. For many sufferers, the first sign of this disorder is a gradual loss of peripheral vision that begins with a perception of cloudy or foggy sight. Eventually, the disease affects the central field of vision.
Our practice closely monitors patients with this condition. For some, prescription eye drops or systemic medications reduce intraocular pressure. Others benefit from referral for one of several laser surgical procedures to remove drainage blockages or make incisions that relieve pressure.
Schedule an Exam with Addison or Burbank Optometrist
Whether you need corrective eyewear or help with a common eye disease such as glaucoma, our Eye Care Center Limited staff is here to help with the highest degree of professional, personalized care. Our optometry practice offers state-of-the-art equipment to meet each patient’s unique needs.
Protect your vision by calling us to schedule an exam with our optometrist, Dr. Najib Albina, at your choice of our convenient Addison (630-543-0607) or Burbank (708-599-0050) location.