Understanding Glaucoma & Its Impact on Your Vision
Glaucoma…The Silent Thief of Sight
The Doctors at Hines Sight are experts in the diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma and use the most advanced technology to monitor the status of the disease. We use Lasers for following the health of the optic nerve and different Lasers to treat certain types of Glaucoma.
If your doctor has told you that you have high intraocular pressure or that you might have the beginning stages of glaucoma you will want to read the information below. Many people often think that glaucoma is an eye disease that affects only seniors, but glaucoma can strike at any age. Many of you may remember a famous Minnesota Twins baseball player named Kirby Puckett. In 1995 Kirby Puckett was the MVP of the World Series and the next year he was blind in one eye. At the age of 35, his baseball career was over. This was absolutely catastrophic for the Minnesota Twins, their fans, Kirby Puckett and his friends and family. Let the story of this baseball legend be a lesson regarding regular eye exams. Regular eye exams can save your vision because glaucoma can be treated if detected.
Glaucoma is an eye disease where the optic nerve deteriorates over time, usually due to an increase in the pressure in the eye, sometimes leading to blindness. The optic nerve carries vision from the retina to the vision portion of the brain.Glaucoma is the 2nd leading cause of blindness in the United States and the leading cause of preventable blindness.
Many eye care patients are surprised when they learn that almost 2.5 million people have glaucoma. More than half of these people do not even realize they have the disease because there are often no warning symptoms. Glaucoma is known as the “silent-thief” of sight because it silently steals one's vision. Glaucoma often goes undiagnosed because there is no pain associated with the high intraocular pressure and the vision loss is not recognized until it is advanced. Patients are urged to have routine eye exams to check the status of their general eye health. In a general eye exam glaucoma tests will be performed and the health of the optic nerve and retina will be checked with a complete dilated eye exam.