Skip to main content
Home » Eye Care Services » The Importance of Early Diagnosis of Glaucoma

The Importance of Early Diagnosis of Glaucoma

Glaucoma is a well known eye condition in which your optic nerve, the bundle of nerves
at the back of the eye, which feeds visual information to the brain, is damaged because
of high inner eye pressure, otherwise known as intraocular pressure. This condition
can lead to total permanent blindness in a short amount of time if it is not treated in a
timely manner. In addition, glaucoma usually has no noticeable symptoms, and patients
diagnosed with glaucoma often note that they did not feel or notice anything different
about their vision at all. So, what can be done to detect glaucoma, and how can you
prevent it?
As noted above, glaucoma usually shows no symptoms until significant damage has
already been done to your eyes. This means that waiting until you already see or feel a
difference in your eyes or vision will significantly increase the chances that irreversible
damage may already have been done to your vision before glaucoma is detected and
treatment is started. Therefore, the central and effective way to prevent glaucoma is to
have a comprehensive eye exam once a year, at a minimum, including screening and
tests for glaucoma, so that signs and risk factors of glaucoma can be identified early.
Recent medical advances in retinal scanning and glacuoma screenings have allowed
for earlier detection of glaucoma than ever before. This advanced technology allows
your Ft. Lauterdale Associates eye doctor to measure your inner eye pressure
(tonometry), inspect the drainage angle of your eye (gonioscopy), evaluate your optic
nerve (ophthalmolscopy) and test the visual field of each eye (perimetry). Each of these
tests measures provide your eye doctor with information to detect glaucoma early and
begin treatment, for example, prescribing special eye drops meant to treat inner eye
pressure, which is often associated with glaucoma. These test results are often the
first line of defense against glaucoma if these indications present themselves.
Along with routine eye exams to ensure early detection, a variety of other steps are
doable to proactively prevent the development of glaucoma. A regular program of
moderate exercise has been proven to benefit your overall health. For example,
exercise such as walking or jogging three or more times every week can help lower
your intraocular pressure. Eye injuries, such as blunt force trauma, and severe eye
infections have also been linked to traumatic or secondary glaucoma, so
protecting your eyes from injury and keeping them clean of bacteria are also important
for preventing glaucoma.
For more on early detection of glaucoma and treatments, contact your Ft. Lauderdale Eye Associates doctor today.