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Did You Know People With Glaucoma Experience This

When it comes to your health, there are many terms that you might hear that scare you, because you real­ly aren’t sure what these words mean. Glau­co­ma is one of those words. When a doc­tor tells you that you might have glau­co­ma, you may have a lot of ques­tions. Hope­ful­ly this will answer some of the ques­tions you might end up hav­ing.

WHAT IS GLAUCOMA

To some it might be a lit­tle dif­fi­cult to accu­rate­ly define glau­co­ma, but here is the brief expla­na­tion of what the dis­ease is. Glau­co­ma isn’t a sin­gle dis­ease, it’s actu­al­ly a col­lec­tion of dif­fer­ent dis­eases that tar­gets and dam­ages the eye’s optic nerve. This is the nerve that sends the images from your reti­na to the brain itself. The dam­age itself will start to put small to large blind spots in a person’s field of vision. The major­i­ty of the peo­ple are unaware of these blind spots, until unfor­tu­nate­ly, most of all the dam­age has already been done to the optic nerve.

WHAT GLAUCOMA CAUSES

Not only does glau­co­ma cause even­tu­al blind­ness, glau­co­ma is actu­al­ly the lead­ing cause of blind­ness any­where in the world. Over time, before blind­ness occurs, you might notice pain in the eye itself. This stems from the pres­sure build­ing up, and being forced upon the optic nerve.

WHAT CAUSES GLAUCOMA

Unfor­tu­nate­ly, even in the med­ical world, the exact cause of glau­co­ma is still rel­a­tive­ly unknown. The best any­one has been able to fig­ure out, is that a decrease in blood flow to the eye and the optic nerve are the most notable caus­es of glau­co­ma. Beyond that, the only thing experts have been able to ascer­tain are there are mul­ti­ple forms of glau­co­ma. These forms include open-angle glau­co­ma, angle-clo­sure glau­co­ma, exfo­li­a­tion syn­drome, and pig­men­tary glau­co­ma.

SIGNS OF GLAUCOMA

The signs of glau­co­ma are wide and vary­ing. One ear­ly sign could be the trou­ble when try­ing to adjust your vision to a dark­er room. Some peo­ple have noticed dif­fi­cul­ty when focus­ing from near­er objects to fur­ther objects. The occur­rence of dou­ble vision is also a com­mon sign of the onset of glau­co­ma. Two oth­er signs can include the eyes being exces­sive­ly watery, dry, or itchy eyes. I know these last two kind of con­tra­dict each oth­er, but they’re some­thing you need to be aware of.

What it all boils down to is this; these glau­co­ma symp­toms don’t nec­es­sar­i­ly mean you in fact do have glau­co­ma. But if you are dis­play­ing any of these symp­toms, it would be wise to get it.

February 11th, 2016|Comments Off on Did You Know People With Glaucoma Experience This

About the Author:

Born in Connecticut and raised in Upstate New York , Dr. Stetson graduated Cum Laude from Colgate University in New York, and then earned an MD degree with honors at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. He distinguished himself again in residency at the Albany Medical Center, where he obtained the highest percentile in the Ophthalmology Knowledge Assessment Examinations. Dr. Stetson has performed more than 50,000 refractive surgeries and has been on staff at Diamond Vision since 2004, before becoming Medical Director in 2006.

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