Glaucoma Specialist in Cleona, PA
If you are looking for glaucoma treatment in Cleona, PA, consider the highly skilled glaucoma specialists at Eye Consultants of Pennsylvania at 770 Norman Drive in Lebanon.
Eye Consultants of Pennsylvania is the leading ophthalmology practice in Berks, Lancaster, Lebanon, Montgomery and Schuylkill counties. The board certified and fellowship-trained ophthalmologists in our Lebanon office have vast experience in all current glaucoma treatments and surgical procedures and have helped thousands of people minimize the irreversible effects of the disease.
Important Facts About Glaucoma
- Glaucoma is an eye disease that slowly damages the optic nerve which is responsible for transmitting images to the brain.
- Everyone – from babies to senior citizens – is at risk for glaucoma.
- More than 3 million Americans (and 60 million worldwide) are estimated to have glaucoma, but only half of them know they have it.
- Glaucoma affects about one in 200 people under age 50. In individuals over age 80, this number jumps to one in 10.
- Glaucoma is 15 times more likely to cause blindness in African Americans than in Caucasians.
- People of Asian descent are more likely to suffer from closed-angle glaucoma, a rarer form of glaucoma.
- Glaucoma can cause blindness if left untreated and may cause vision loss even in people who receive proper treatment.
- There is no cure for glaucoma (but treatments do exist), and lost vision cannot be recovered.
- If diagnosed and treated early, vision loss from glaucoma can be prevented.
What Are the Symptoms of Glaucoma?
Open-angle glaucoma: There are usually no warning signs or symptoms for this most common form of glaucoma. It progresses slowly and may not cause vision loss for many years, although some individuals notice a gradual loss of peripheral (side) vision, usually in both eyes. It is important to have regular eye exams to detect any vision changes or damage.
Angle-closure glaucoma: This rarer form of glaucoma develops rapidly. An acute attack may involve only one eye, but the symptoms are noticeable and may worsen over a few hours. They include:
- Sudden blurred or hazy vision
- Pain in or behind the eyeball
- Headache with nausea or vomiting
- Visual disturbances with halos or rainbows around light
If you experience any of these symptoms, seek immediate medical attention at an emergency room or at your ophthalmologist’s office. The above symptoms do not necessarily mean that you have glaucoma, but they are signs of a potentially serious problem.
Treatments for glaucoma include eye drops, medications, laser surgery, traditional surgery, or a combination of these methods. When medications do not achieve the desired results, or have intolerable side effects, your ophthalmologist may suggest surgery.
When you live or work in Cleona or elsewhere in Lebanon County, PA and need a highly skilled glaucoma specialist, get in touch with Eye Consultants of Pennsylvania to discuss the risk factors for the disease, the importance of early detection, and the available treatment options.
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