Best Glaucoma Specialists in PA
Glaucoma often has no early symptoms. Unfortunately, the disease itself cannot be prevented, but the repercussions of glaucoma can be prevented with regular eye exams. This is why you need to come see us at Eye Consultants of Pennsylvania, the best glaucoma specialists in PA.
Why eye exams are important
Eye exams are the only way for glaucoma to be detected early. Our specialists recommend a check every two to four years for patients under age 40 and more frequent checks after that age. For ages 40 to 55, a check at least every three years is important; we may recommend annual exams if you are at higher risks. For ages 55-64, we recommend an exam at least every two years, and people over age 65 should have annual exams.
We recommend that adults over age 35 who have higher risk be tested at least every year or two years. People of African descent are at higher risk, as are people with a family history, such as a parent or sibling who has glaucoma. People with diabetes are also at higher risk.
Once glaucoma is detected, our glaucoma specialists can ensure a lifelong treatment plan to prevent significant vision loss. The most prevalent form of glaucoma today is called open angle glaucoma. It is characterized by silent, slow and progressive vision loss. Most people lose peripheral (side) vision first, then glaucoma progresses to affect central vision.
Our specialists will administer the latest medication treatments designed to slow the disease’s progression. These medications reduce the intraocular pressure (IOP) in the eye in order to prevent optic nerve damage. Our glaucoma specialists are also trained in the latest surgical procedures.
You can help with your treatment as well, by living a healthy lifestyle which includes a nutritious diet and plenty of exercise. In fact, studies show that even moderate exercise just a few times a week can lower IOP. If you’re not exercising, consider incorporating walking or jogging into your weekly routine. Your eyes will thank you for it.
Talk with our doctors
If you don’t have an eye doctor, consider Eye Consultants of Pennsylvania. People over age 60 are particularly susceptible to glaucoma, which is actually a group of diseases rather than one individual disease.
All forms of glaucoma involve fluid buildup in the eye which in turn increases IOP. The IOP presses on and causes damage to the optic nerve. Patients often first begin to have trouble with night driving or they notice a narrowing of peripheral (side) vision. If you have experienced either one of these issues, it could be an indication of glaucoma.
Even though glaucoma is the leading cause of vision loss and blindness in the world today, you can keep your vision safe by visiting the best glaucoma specialists in PA. Remember that regular comprehensive eye exams are the best way to prevent glaucoma and other eye conditions. Won’t you give us a call today at Eye Consultants of Pennsylvania? We want you to be our next new patient.
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