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Glaucoma is a serious condition that can cause blindness if left untreated. At Shreveport Eye Clinic, we provide comprehensive testing and treatment for glaucoma. If this condition is diagnosed before it becomes advanced, we can administer treatment that can save a patient’s vision.
Glaucoma is a buildup of fluid inside the eye. This clear fluid, which is called the aqueous humor, is meant to provide nourishment for the cornea. The fluid also helps the eyeball maintain its shape and appropriate firmness. The aqueous humor refreshes itself regularly and is drained out of the eyeball through a meshwork in the eye. When this fluid fails to drain properly, pressure inside the eye can damage the optic nerve, leading to loss of vision.
Damage to the eye is permanent, as is any associated loss of vision. However, many cases of glaucoma can be treated with medication. For patients who do not respond properly to medications, surgery may be required.
There are two types of glaucoma: angle-closure glaucoma and open-angle glaucoma. In its early stages, open-angle glaucoma is undetectable by the patient. The only way to tell that you have open-angle glaucoma is to get a diagnosis from a qualified eye doctor. For patients with angle-closure glaucoma, some symptoms may be noticeable, including:
Glaucoma surgery is typically viewed as a last resort. At Shreveport Eye Clinic, we prescribe glaucoma eye drops that can help control the condition and prevent damage. If required, however, there are a variety of surgical procedures that can help drain the fluid from the eyes.
The best way to catch glaucoma in its early stages is to see the eye doctor on an annual basis. During comprehensive eye exams, we check patients for serious conditions like glaucoma, macular degeneration, cataracts and other issues.