The Eye Center, a leading provider of vision care in South Carolina, is proud to announce that their team of doctors is now offering advice on how to spot the early signs of glaucoma and discuss treatment options for those affected by this condition. Glaucoma is a progressive eye disease which can lead to permanent vision loss if left untreated. It is estimated that over 3 million Americans are living with glaucoma, yet only half are aware they have it. The Eye Center’s team of doctors wants to help educate people on how to spot the early signs of glaucoma and discuss available treatment options.
“Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness in the United States, but it doesn’t have to be that way,” said Dr. Matthew Clary, ophthalmologist at The Eye Center. “Early detection and treatment can help preserve your vision and quality of life for years to come. We want our patients to be informed about the signs and symptoms so they can get the help they need as soon as possible.”
Glaucoma can damage the optic nerve, which carries information from the eye to the brain. It is often associated with increased pressure in the eye, but there are other factors that can contribute as well. If left untreated, glaucoma can lead to vision loss and even blindness. That’s why it’s so important for patients to be aware of the early signs and symptoms so they can seek treatment as soon as possible.
Early signs and symptoms of glaucoma include:
Seeing halos around lights
Loss of peripheral (side) vision
Pain in or around your eyes
If you experience any of these symptoms, you should contact your doctor right away for further evaluation and treatment options. It’s also important to have regular check-ups with an ophthalmologist or optometrist, even if you don’t have any noticeable symptoms yet. This will help them catch any potential problems before they become serious issues.
At The Eye Center, patients receive comprehensive eye exams from experienced optometrists and ophthalmologists who specialize in diagnosing and treating various eye diseases such as glaucoma. During an eye exam, doctors use advanced technology such as optical coherence tomography (OCT) scans or visual field tests to detect any changes in the optic nerve or retina that may indicate glaucoma or another serious eye condition.
If an exam reveals signs of glaucoma, The Eye Center offers several treatment options depending on the severity and type of glaucoma present. These treatments include medication such as eyedrops or oral medications; laser therapy; or surgery such as trabeculectomy or tube shunt implantation which can help reduce intraocular pressure (IOP).
“At The Eye Center we understand how important it is for our patients to get access to quality care quickly when dealing with serious conditions like Glaucoma,” said Dr. Peter Koerner, optometrist at The Eye Center “Our goal is always providing our patients with personalized care tailored specifically for their individual needs.”
In addition to providing diagnosis and treatment services for Glaucoma, The Eye Center also offers comprehensive vision exams including contact lens fittings; cataract screenings; diabetic retinopathy evaluations; dry eye evaluations; macular degeneration screenings; pediatric vision care; pre- & post-operative care for LASIK & other refractive surgeries; sports vision training & testing; specialty contact lenses; tinted lenses & sunglasses fitting services & more!
To learn more about Glaucoma diagnosis & treatment at The Eye Centers visit www.theeyecentersc.com or call 803-256-0641 today!