Glaucoma is a common, but serious, eye condition. It is the most common cause of blindness in people over 60. Fortunately, there are treatments for glaucoma so it is important to catch it as early as possible. If you have not been tested for glaucoma, call Carlson-Tillisch Eye Clinic today to schedule an appointment in our Mankato or New Ulm office.
What Is Glaucoma?
Glaucoma occurs when the optic nerve, located just behind the eye, becomes damaged. This usually happens when the eye has too much pressure inside it, causing it to push against the optic nerve and cause damage. It causes many vision problems and can lead to blindness.
What Are the Symptoms of Glaucoma?
Often, it presents without symptoms for a long time. When the patient's vision becomes worse, it may be quite far along. Depending on the type of glaucoma that you suffer from, it may present a range of symptoms. These symptoms can include tunnel vision, blind spots, blurry vision, severe headaches, red eyes, seeing halos surrounding lights, nausea, vomiting, and eye pain. If you have symptoms like this, call our eye doctors right away to make an appointment for an exam.
How Old Are Glaucoma Sufferers?
Glaucoma is often thought of as an eye condition that happens to the elderly. It is most common in older age groups. However, people of any age can develop this eye problem. Children and even infants can have it. Some babies are born with it, and some develop it in their early years.
What Are the Risk Factors of Glaucoma?
Some groups are more likely to develop this condition. If you have high pressure in your eyes, this is a serious risk factor. Those over 60 are most at risk. Having corneas that have a thin area in the middle is a risk factor, as is having a family medical history that includes glaucoma. If you have had eye surgery or sustained an eye injury, your risk increases. It is also elevated if you take corticosteroids for a long time or have medical conditions like sickle-cell anemia, heart disease, diabetes, or high blood pressure. If you are very nearsighted or farsighted, you are also at a higher risk.
Make Your Eye Appointment
Detecting glaucoma early is important in stopping or slowing future vision loss. If you have not had your annual eye exam with an eye doctor yet, call Carlson-Tillisch Eye Clinic today to schedule an appointment with one of our optometrists. Call our Mankato office at (507) 345-5087 or our New Ulm office at (507) 354-7407.