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Glaucoma is often discovered during yearly comprehensive eye exams. As a board certified glaucoma specialist, Dr. David Frazee is one of the most qualified therapeutic optometrist in Richardson, TX. Dr. Frazee can not only diagnose glaucoma, but he can also provide treatment for it right here at our eye care center.
More than 3 million Americans have glaucoma, but only half of them are aware of it. Glaucoma is an eye disease in which the optic nerve becomes damaged. When intraocular pressure, or internal pressure within the eye, rises above regular levels, it puts stress on the optic nerve, essentially damaging it. If the optic nerve is damaged the individual will begin to lose vision and eventually be blind.
A healthy eye constantly produces a fluid called aqueous humor to keep the eye under a consistent amount of pressure. If that drainage is somehow blocked, the individual may end up with glaucoma. There are various types of glaucoma but the most common are chronic open-angle glaucoma and closed-angle glaucoma.
Chronic open-angle glaucoma is the most common type of this disease and often develops with age. This type of glaucoma causes the pressure around the eye that increases gradually over a short period of time, causing loss of vision. While there are no symptoms during the first stages of chronic open-angle glaucoma, peripheral vision is normally the first thing to begin deteriorating. The disease will continue to deteriorate the quality of vision causing blank spots to appear. Left untreated, this will lead to blindness. The best way to avoid losing your vision to glaucoma is to have it diagnosed early and immediately begin treatment.
Some of the risk factors for this type of glaucoma include aging, hereditary disposition, higher than average intraocular pressure, diseases such as diabetes, nearsightedness, farsightedness, as well as surgery or eye trauma.
While closed-angle glaucoma is less common, it is actually a condition that needs to be treated as an emergency. This type of glaucoma is caused by the pupil dilates or moves causing the drainage angles to become blocked. If this occurs, an eye doctor should be contacted immediately. The symptoms for closed-angle glaucoma include significant eye pain, blurred vision, seeing halos or headaches.
Some of the risk factors for closed-angle glaucoma include significant farsightedness, abnormally large iris', hereditary disposition, or advancing in age.
Don’t waste time! If you believe you may have glaucoma or simply would like to schedule a comprehensive eye exam, call us at 972-669-4141, email us, or stop by our eye care center at 1410 North Plano Road, suite 100 in Richardson, TX. Dr. David Frazee will help you take control of your glaucoma while you still have time, and prevent further vision loss. Don’t wait until it’s too late! Contact us today!