The eye relies on light, receptors, and a combination of biological mechanics to produce an image that is then interpreted by the optic nerve, which sends it to the brain. Glaucoma can affect the optic nerve, which causes blurry vision and even blindness if not treated. At Urias Eyecare in Midland, TX, we provide eye exams to detect glaucoma early and offer treatment to help preserve your vision.
How Glaucoma Affects the Function of the Eye
Light and imagery enter the eye through the lens, which is then refracted and reflected onto the retina and translated by the optic nerve. This nerve depends on blood vessels to support and nourish it. However, in the case of glaucoma, the very blood vessels that support the eye can be impacted. As glaucoma sets in, it increases pressure eye pressure, which can cause damage to the optic nerve. Without treatment, the optic nerve can be severely damaged and lead to irreversible vision loss.
Who Is at Risk for Glaucoma?
Certain groups in society have an increased risk for glaucoma due to other health conditions or hereditary reasons. Those with diabetes or heart disease can be prone to increased blood pressure, which negatively affects the eye. Not only that, but those who are extremely farsighted or nearsighted have a higher risk as well, as these conditions impact eye pressure.
Symptoms of Glaucoma
Unlike other eye disease and conditions, glaucoma doesn’t display symptoms at first. However, over time, you begin to lose vision. You may notice headaches, affected vision clarity, nausea, or flare from bright lights. To determine glaucoma, our optometrists performs comprehensive eye exams. Once we have an accurate diagnosis, we can offer prompt treatment to help preserve your vision.
Contact us for Treatment Today
If you are experiencing any symptoms of glaucoma, let our team at Urias Eyecare, serving Midland, Odessa, and Andrews, TX, help. We can provide a personalized treatment plan that can slow down the progression of the disease and help you see more clearly. To schedule an eye exam, contact our office at (432) 368-4102 today!