Glaucoma is a common causes of irreversible blindness. Even if you aren't experiencing symptoms related to glaucoma, you may still suffer from an early onset of the disease. Most patients with glaucoma are asymptomatic and do not realize that they are slowly going blind. Certain people are at higher risk for developing glaucoma, such as those with a positive family history of glaucoma, African-Americans over the age of 40 and all men and women over the age of 60. Because the underlying causes of the disease can be present even if there are no symptoms, it's very important for at-risk individuals to undergo routine eye examinations. Through a comprehensive evaluation of your eyes, our team of eye surgeons can evaluate your eyes and assess your risk of developing glaucoma.
Though the common perception is that glaucoma refers to just one condition, the term actually describes a group of eye diseases that can affect the optic nerve and impair vision. Understanding these different glaucoma types allows our Long Island team - with offices in Smithtown, Riverhead, Deer Park, and Holbrook - to devise an effective treatment plan and protect your vision from further degradation. The type of glaucoma will dictate, at least in part, the treatment method that is employed and how closely patients are monitored. Because early onset glaucoma typically has no symptoms, it's important that you undergo routine eye examinations to ensure that you maintain the health of your eyes. Through glaucoma evaluation, we can determine the degree and type of eye disease that you are suffering. If you are experiencing symptoms associated with glaucoma, including loss of peripheral vision or tunnel vision, or are an at-risk patient, please don't hesitate to contact North Shore Eye Care today. The earlier that treatment is sought, the better the chance of preserving your vision.
If diagnosed with glaucoma, treatment at one of our Long Island offices - Smithtown, Riverhead, Deer Park, and Holbrook - can be undertaken to preserve and protect your vision. Though glaucoma cannot be cured, often times continued vision loss and blindness can be prevented through the use of medications, non-surgical glaucoma treatment, or glaucoma surgery. Please don't hesitate to contact North Shore Eye Care today to arrange a consultation - we would be happy to help.