Glaucoma is a leading cause of blindness and visual impairment in the United States. Often known as the “sneak thief of sight,” this disease can affect patients of all ages. Many people affected with glaucoma do not experience any symptoms and may not be aware that they have the disease until they have lost a significant amount of vision. With early detection and treatment, eyes can be protected against the serious loss of vision or blindness.
Anyone can be affected, from newborn infants to the elderly. It has been estimated that up to 3 million Americans have this condition. At least half of those people do not know they have glaucoma because it usually has no symptoms.
How is it Diagnosed?
To detect glaucoma, Dr. Miranda will test your vision, visual field, test the pressure in your eye and examine your eye thoroughly. The latest technology in optic nerve imaging is also part of your initial evaluation. Regular and complete eye exams help to monitor the changes in your eyesight and to determine whether you may develop glaucoma.
How is Glaucoma Treated?
Treatment to control glaucoma include medicated drops, laser surgery and conventional surgery.
How do I Know If I am at Risk for Glaucoma?
Everyone is at risk for developing this condition. In general, those at greater risk are 45 years of age or older and meet some of the following criteria:
- Have a family history of glaucoma
- Have abnormally high eye pressure
- Are of African descent
- Are Hispanic and older than 60
- Are nearsighted
- Have thin corneas
- Have diabetes
- Have a previous eye injury
- Regularly use cortisone/steroid products
What Can I Do To Prevent Glaucoma?
Treatment to control glaucoma include medications in the form of either eye drops and laser surgery and conventional surgery.
Get Regular Comprehensive Eye Examinations
Get an Annual Screening for Glaucoma
Follow Dr. Miranda's Treatment Plan
Protect Your Eyes From Injury and Damage
If you think you have Glaucoma, there’s no time to waste.
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