Glaucoma is a condition that affects the eye’s optic nerve, found in the back of the eye. Glaucoma can develop when the pressure inside the eye becomes too high and compresses against the optic nerve. Untreated glaucoma can lead to permanent blindness. If detected in the early stages, patients can achieve favorable outcomes and maintain their vision.
During your comprehensive eye examination, Dr. Lininger will thoroughly examine your eyes to check for any sign of glaucoma. If you have the condition, Dr. Lininger will personalize a treatment plan to meet your needs.
What Are the Symptoms of Glaucoma?
Usually, there are no signs of glaucoma initially and patients only realize something is wrong when they face serious vision problems. Some individuals might experience the following symptoms:
- Blurred vision
- Tunnel vision
- Eye pain
- Eye irritation and redness
- Blind spots in your central or peripheral vision
- Nausea and vomiting
How Often do I need to test for Glaucoma?
Most patients can undergo glaucoma testing beginning at age 40 during their normal comprehensive eye exam. Since glaucoma is more prevalent for older patients, it is recommended that people over the age of 60 get more frequent testing. If you have high blood pressure, diabetes, or a family history of glaucoma, then you are also at a higher risk of glaucoma.
Schedule a consultation with Dr. Lininger.
Preparing for the Exam
Before going to your appointment, please be prepared to tell the doctor of any issues and help information such as: