Glaucoma is an increase in pressure in your eye that decreases the flow of blood to the optic nerve. Although the cause is unknown, it is not a form of cancer, nor is it contagious. If left untreated, the individual nerve fibers in the optic will lose sensitivity, resulting in the progressive loss of vision.
At the Cataract Care Center, we can perform a simple and painless eye examination that measures the inner pressure of the eye. If glaucoma is detected in its early stages, loss of vision can usually be prevented by beginning treatment with eye drops, laser or surgery.
To ensure that early detection is possible, adults over 35 years of age and older are encouraged to have a glaucoma exam on a yearly basis. Call us to set up your appointment and ask for our glaucoma booklet.