Glaucoma is a disease that causes damage to the optic nerve, resulting in permanent vision loss. Often referred to as the “sneak thief of sight” because of its ability to go undetected until permanent damage has been done. Our doctors at Vision Care of Maine stress the importance of routine eye examinations, as this is the only way to detect glaucoma in its early stages.
A healthy eye has a drainage system used to keep fluid flowing in and out of the eye at safe levels. When this drainage system is compromised, meaning that fluid cannot escape the eye fast enough, pressure in the eye is increased to dangerous levels. Increased intraocular pressure causes damage to the optic nerve and can, over time, lead to permanent vision loss. This intraocular pressure is measured at routine eye examinations to determine whether glaucoma is present, and what treatments can be done to save sight.
Sight lost from glaucoma cannot be saved, but treatments today make it possible for doctors to save remaining vision from being lost. Our doctors at Vision care of Maine in Bangor understand that a glaucoma diagnosis can be hard to hear. Rest assured that when you choose Vision Care of Maine for your glaucoma treatment, you are making the best decision for your health.
Glaucoma treatments vary depending on the type and severity of your glaucoma. Glaucoma drops can be prescribed to lower eye pressure and stop vision loss. For some, that treatment may not work and can require surgery to stop glaucoma from progressing.
If you have been diagnosed with glaucoma, or if you are due for your annual eye examination, Vision Care of Maine is here to help. Call today to schedule your appointment and go over the best treatment options for you.