Glaucoma Screening with Our Eye Doctors at Hofacre Optometric Corporation in Chino Hills and San Dimas, CA
Glaucoma is a serious disease of the eye. If glaucoma goes undiagnosed and untreated, it can result in permanent vision loss. In many cases, glaucoma shows no early symptoms. This is why the disease is often called the “silent thief of sight.”
Causes of Glaucoma
Glaucoma occurs when the intraocular pressure in the eye is high. When the pressure increases, it can cause permanent to the optic nerve. This is the part of your eye that sends the images to your brain.
Who Is Typically Affected By Glaucoma?
Anyone can develop glaucoma. However, some people have an increased risk of developing the condition. If you have a family history of glaucoma, you are at risk. The same is true if you are an African-American over the age of 40 or a Hispanic over the age of 60. You could also develop glaucoma if you suffer from chronic eye inflammation or if you take medication that increases your eye pressure. It is important to understand that glaucoma doesn't discriminate; therefore, it is essential that you see your optometrist every year.
Signs and Symptoms of Glaucoma
The most common type of glaucoma is open-angle glaucoma. This type develops slowly and shows no symptoms until it permanently affects your vision. Acute angle-closure glaucoma is less common. The symptoms include severe eye pain, nausea, blurry vision, and seeing halos around lights.
Your Optometrist Will Use OCT and Octomap to Screen for Glaucoma
If at your annual visit, one of our optometrists sees that the pressure in your eyes is high, we would order an Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT). This is a non-invasive test that can take a photo of the retina. This diagnostic instrument allows the optometrist to see a 3D image of the retina so that glaucoma can be detected in the early stages.
We also use Octomap Imaging. This test allows the optometrist to get a 3D animation photo of your retina in less than a second.
Finally, if your optometrist suspects that you have glaucoma, they will prevent a visual field test. During this test, you would look straight into the machine. Each time you see a light flash, you would press a button. This test is designed to check your peripheral vision to see if you have had any permanent vision loss. The machine tests one eye at a time and it takes three minutes per eye to complete the test.
If you have taken the necessary tests and your optometrist finds that you have glaucoma, you would be referred out to an ophthalmologist for further treatment.
Contact Hofacre Optometric Corporation to Schedule an Appointment Today
Since glaucoma can affect anyone and the symptoms come on very rapidly, it is important that you see one of our optometrists at Hofacre Optometric Corporation. Our doctors of optometry will check the pressure in your eyes every year so that if you do have glaucoma, it can be caught early on. Call us at our Chino Hills office at (909)628-0091 or our San Dimas location at (909)394-4545 to schedule an appointment today.