If you cannot remember the last time you had an eye exam, you should make an appointment to see our optometrist, Dr. Nichole Q. Soto for an eye exam which includes glaucoma screening. At Rockport Eye Associates, our eye doctor will screen your eyes for many different diseases and disorders including signs of Portland TX glaucoma.
Glaucoma shows no symptoms in the early stages, and this is just one reason why it is so important to have periodic eye exams. During a comprehensive eye exam at our vision practice, your eyes will be screened for glaucoma by our eye doctor testing the intraocular pressure of your eye. When this pressure is found to be high, it generally indicates that you have glaucoma. Our doctor may want to perform additional tests before a definitive diagnosis is made. When Portland TX glaucoma is diagnosed in the early stages before there are any symptoms, it can generally be easily treated with medicated eye drops which are self-administered by the patient on a daily basis. Today, there is even some laser treatment that can be used to treat early glaucoma. If your family has a history of glaucoma, you should be sure to come in for comprehensive eye exams every 1 to 2 years, depending on recommendations made by our eye doctor. Patients with diabetes are also at risk for other eye diseases, including diabetic retinopathy and most likely should come into our practice more often for vision exams. Glaucoma is caused when fluids cannot flow out of your eye, and the liquid builds up. This is what causes the increased eye pressure in glaucoma. It is not known why this blockage occurs, but it is known that this serious eye disease can be genetically passed on from parents to children. Occasionally, when a patient has some type of eye surgery to correct a different eye problem, this surgery can bring on glaucoma. There are two main types of glaucoma: open-angle glaucoma and angle-closure glaucoma.
For an appointment to see our eye doctor regarding testing for Portland TX glaucoma, contact us today.