Glaucoma affects more than 2.7 million people over 40 in the United States. If you experience vision changes, eye redness, or other unusual symptoms, expert optometric physician and optometrist Dr. Puneet Rastogi, and his team of eye care professionals can help. At Iris Eye Care & Contact Lens Gallery in Albuquerque, New Mexico, they can screen for, diagnose, and treat glaucoma to prevent complications and save your eyesight. Request an appointment with Iris Eye Care & Contact Lens Gallery by calling the office or using the online booking tool today.
Glaucoma is an eye disease that causes high pressure in the eyes and can damage your optic nerve. It’s the leading cause of blindness in people older than 60. Because vision loss associated with glaucoma isn’t reversible, routine eye exams to detect the disease in its early stage is crucial.
Common glaucoma symptoms include:
See your eye doctor at the first sign of vision changes or other unusual symptoms, as early treatment can save your eyesight.
While glaucoma can happen to anybody, the following factors increase your risk of developing it:
Routine eye exams help detect glaucoma when you’re at risk, even if you don’t experience symptoms of the disease.
To diagnose glaucoma, your eye doctor reviews your medical history and asks about the symptoms you're experiencing. They complete a comprehensive dilated eye exam, including measuring your intraocular pressure, testing for optic nerve damage, and they may use imaging tests. Your Iris Eye Care & Contact Lens Gallery specialist measures corneal thickness and checks for vision loss using visual field tests.
Your personalized glaucoma treatment plan helps reduce eye pressure. It’s based on the type and severity of glaucoma. Your optometrist might recommend:
Lifestyle treatments that may help control high eye pressure or improve overall eye health include eating a healthy diet, taking vitamin supplements, getting regular exercise, limiting caffeine, and sleeping with your head elevated.
Your optometrist refers you to a qualified eye surgeon in your area if you require a surgical procedure to relieve eye pressure.
If you’re at risk for glaucoma or are experiencing symptoms of the disease, request an appointment with the experts at Iris Eye Care & Contact Lens Gallery by calling the office or using the online booking tool today.