Why Glaucoma Screenings Are So Important

Glaucoma in Melbourne

Glaucoma is a serious eye condition that can lead to blindness without treatment. Unfortunately, almost half of the people with glaucoma are unaware that they have it. At TRES VISION Group in Melbourne, FL, our eye doctors understand the importance of not only treating glaucoma but also diagnosing it in patients who are not yet aware they have the disease. In this blog, our doctors discuss why regular screenings are imperative.

Understanding Glaucoma

Glaucoma is a degenerative disease characterized by an accumulation of ocular pressure. This pressure gradually damages the optic nerve, which is the part of the eye that communicates with the brain to enable sight. As pressure rises, a patient with glaucoma continues to lose sight, which cannot be reversed.

Why Screenings Are So Important

Early symptoms of glaucoma are usually mild and difficult for patients to recognize on their own. Consequently, some patients lose up to 40% of their vision before they feel compelled to visit an eye doctor. Although doctors still have not found a cure for glaucoma, modern treatments are effective at dramatically slowing the progression of glaucoma so that patients can maintain as much vision as possible throughout their lives.

This makes screenings critical. Glaucoma tests are included in comprehensive eye exams. If the exams find signs of glaucoma, eye doctors can conduct further tests in order to achieve a formal diagnosis and begin treatment.

, regarded as the top test for monitoring glaucoma. It helps to diagnose, track, and manage glaucoma at any stage so that treatment can begin promptly. We also have OCT (optical coherence tomography) technology to measure the retinal nerve fiber layer.

Treating Glaucoma

Patients have many glaucoma treatment options available, with the correct one depending on the type of glaucoma and how far it has progressed. Prescription eyedrops and oral medication can help to relieve pressure.  Simple laser procedures for minimally invasive glaucoma surgeries can help with mild to moderate glaucoma. Surgery may be necessary in the most advanced cases.

Schedule a Comprehensive Eye Exam

By middle age, you should undergo a comprehensive eye exam annually. If you suspect you may have glaucoma or are simply overdue on an examination, please schedule an appointment at our Melbourne, Merritt Island, or Suntree office by calling (321) 984-3200 today.