Glaucoma is the leading cause of blindness in people over 60, but it can affect your eyes well before that. Regular eye care is key in preventing — and, when necessary, slowing — this disease and protecting your vision. That’s why Benjamin Optical offers glaucoma screening and treatment at their offices in Staten Island, Inwood, Brooklyn, and Harlem, New York. To get started with an appointment, call them or schedule it online today.
Glaucoma is the blanket term for a group of eye conditions that affect your optic nerve, which sends images to your brain, enabling you to see. In most cases of glaucoma, the optic nerve is damaged over time as pressure accumulates in the eye. Glaucoma can also be caused by eye injury, inflammation, infection, and more.
It’s the second leading cause of blindness in people of all ages and the leading cause in people over 60.
Catching glaucoma early is important because vision lost to glaucoma can’t be restored. The early signs and symptoms vary because there are two types of glaucoma.
This is the most common type of glaucoma. The primary sign of open-angle glaucoma is loss of vision around the edges of your field of vision. Because this type of glaucoma develops slowly, you might not notice this vision loss at first.
Eventually, if left untreated, open-angle glaucoma will progress until you have tunnel vision and then become totally blind.
An annual eye exam is one of the best ways to defend against vision loss due to open-angle glaucoma.
During your exam, your Benjamin Optical optometrist will measure your eye pressure. This enables early glaucoma detection so you can begin treatment before you experience any vision loss.
This is the acute type of glaucoma, meaning its symptoms come on suddenly. It’s important that you go to Benjamin Optical right away to protect your vision. The primary symptoms of narrow-angle glaucoma are:
Fortunately, a glaucoma diagnosis doesn’t have to lead to blindness. With proper treatment, your Benjamin Optical optometrist can help you slow the disease’s progression and protect your eyesight.
The goal of your treatment is to lower the pressure inside your eye. The Benjamin Optical team can explore your options with you, which include medication, laser treatments, and surgery. In many cases, regular use of a medicated eye drop is sufficient to maintain a healthy eye pressure and protect your vision.
Don’t let glaucoma rob you of your sight. For regular screenings or glaucoma treatment, call Benjamin Optical or book your appointment online.