A small problem with your eyes can lead to serious complications and even vision impairment in the future. So, it is important to maintain regular eye exams so that your optometrist can assist with early diagnosis when applicable. One common problem that is evaluated in the exam is glaucoma.
“Glaucoma” refers to a group of eye conditions that are experienced by millions of people in the United States. It has been found that glaucoma is the second most common reason for blindness and partial vision loss in the country. Usually, glaucoma happens when the optic nerve is damaged because of increasing pressure within the eye.
The inside of the eye is filled with fluid. In a healthy eye, the amount of fluid produced is equal to the amount of fluid flowing out of the eye. But if an eye is affected by glaucoma, the drainage system doesn’t work as it should. As a result, the fluid increases and the pressure goes up.
These are the two most common types of glaucoma:
Everyone has some risk for the development of glaucoma, especially in the later years of life. When vision loss occurs due to glaucoma, it is irreversible. So you should always be proactive about maintaining regular eye appointments, even if your eyes feel fine. Call today to schedule an exam: Our Temecula office can be reached at (951) 302-1331, or call our Murrieta office at (951) 600-9226.