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May 14, 2018
Of all the eye diseases we encounter, glaucoma can be one of the most frustrating for our patients. This eye disease that affects over 3 million Americans is often referred to as the “sneak thief of sight” because it generally has no apparent symptoms patients recognize, such as pain or discomfort. Because of this, early detection is critical for patients to save their eyesight.
Glaucoma affects the optic nerve of the eye, which is responsible for the transmission of images between the eye and the brain. If glaucoma isn’t treated in time, lasting damage can occur in this crucial nerve, causing patients to lose their peripheral vision and eventually their entire eyesight. Patients over the age of 40 are especially at risk, though glaucoma can affect people of all ages.
How to Catch Glaucoma Early?
The first and most important thing to know about glaucoma is that early detection is critical to be able to address the problem. Dr. Matzkin can start treatment for glaucoma immediately following the diagnosis. For many patients, this treatment can include medication or laser/ surgery options.
During regular, comprehensive eye exams, Allied Eye checks for glaucoma for our patients to ensure we care for our patients. The disease must be monitored for life, but can be managed. Have you scheduled your regular eye exam? We’ve recently increased our capacity to see more of our valuable patients to ensure we catch eye problems like glaucoma early. Call or text us today to book your appointment!