Glaucoma is one of several eye diseases in which internal fluid pressure causes damage to the optic nerve, leading to a gradual and progressive loss of vision. While the damage caused by this condition cannot be prevented, it can be slowed down. At Dr. Steven Lutz & Associates, P.C. in Ann Arbor, our goal is to detect the signs and symptoms of glaucoma at the earliest stage possible. This allows us to slow down the progression of the condition and preserve the patient’s vision for as long as possible.
How Your Optometrist Can Diagnose and Treat Glaucoma
Your eye doctor will review your medical history and perform a comprehensive eye examination.
In addition, several tests may be conducted, including:
- Measurement of intraocular pressure (tonometry)
- Testing for optic nerve damage using a dilated eye exam and imaging
- Measurement of corneal thickness
- Scanning for visual field loss
- Evaluation of the angle of drainage (gonioscopy)
While the progression of glaucoma cannot be stopped or reversed, it can be slowed down. Early detection allows for more effective treatment and helps maintain vision for a longer period. That’s why regular checkups with an optometrist are crucial.
Reducing Intraocular Pressure
Reducing intraocular pressure is one of the most effective treatment approaches. Intraocular pressure refers to the pressure inside the eye, which is the primary mechanism through which glaucoma causes eye damage and vision loss. This can be achieved through surgery, laser treatment, eye drops, or oral medication. In some cases, a combination of two or more of these treatments may be used.
Your eye doctor will start with the treatment that they believe will be most effective for you and monitor the results. If optimal results are not achieved, another treatment modality may be substituted or added to your treatment plan. There are various types of eye drops, eye surgeries, and oral medications available for glaucoma treatment. This means there is a high chance of finding a treatment plan that can significantly slow down the progression of glaucoma. Once again, early detection is critical, so regular eye exams are essential.
Contact Dr. Steven Lutz & Associates, P.C. in Ann Arbor, MI
To learn more, please contact the eye care professionals at Dr. Steven Lutz & Associates, P.C. in Ann Arbor, MI. Our caring staff is ready to answer your questions. Call us today at (734) 769-2909 to schedule an appointment.