Preventive Eye Care is Your Best Protection From Glaucoma
Many serious eye diseases, including glaucoma, progress through their infancy without displaying noticeable symptoms- no pain, no blurry vision, and no indicator that would suggest something is wrong. In this scenario it isn’t until obvious vision loss occurs – usually in the form of tunnel vision – before glaucoma becomes noticeable.
Unfortunately, by the time glaucoma has caused vision loss, the lost vision is irrecoverable. It’s gone for good.
Annual Eye Exams Are Your Best Bet in Detecting Glaucoma Early
Eye Exams Are Painless & Non-Invasive
We can’t speak to the benefits of preventative eye care enough. In the cases of glaucoma, and other serious eye diseases like it, the best chance of long-term success is to catch a developing disease early.
Our comprehensive eye exams utilize the latest technology available, including optical coherence tomography imaging (OCT imaging), to ensure that we detect any change to your vision- no matter how small it may be.
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Glaucoma is a vision-threatening disease. However, in most cases it can be successfully managed. Compliance with our outlined treatment plan is vital to ensure maximum effectiveness and vision preservation.
Glaucoma causes damage to the optic nerve. The optic nerve is the highway that passes information to/from the brain. When it is damaged, information cannot pass through it and vision suffers as a result.
Most forms of glaucoma have little in the way of obvious symptoms. You may experience:
Blind spots in your peripheral vision
A rare type of glaucoma – angle-closure glaucoma – is tied to the following symptoms:
Light sensitivity, halos, or trails
If you experience the symptoms above visit us or a hospital immediately as you are experiencing a medical emergency.
Types of glaucoma
There are four main types of glaucoma. In most forms of glaucoma, eye pressure is a strong indicator of its development.
Open-angle Glaucoma – This form accounts for 90% of glaucoma cases. Open-angle glaucoma develops slowly and is generally a lifelong condition, with its symptoms and associated damage to vision being hard to notice at first. This version of glaucoma affects approximately three million Americans.
Angle-Closure Glaucoma – Also called “acute glaucoma” or “narrow-angle glaucoma”. This type of glaucoma develops rapidly, with noticeable and painful symptoms that demand immediate medical attention. This version of glaucoma is more more rare compared to the open-angle variety.
Normal-Tension Glaucoma – Often referred to as “NTG”, this describes causes of glaucoma where eye pressure is within normal ranges.
Congenital Glaucoma – This type of glaucoma occurs at birth and is the result of improper development of the eye’s drainage canals.
Why Choose Schaeffer Eye Center?
We continuously explore and invest in new technologies that improve the quality and accuracy of our eye exams, aid in testing for eye diseases (such as glaucoma), and treatment options.
By investing in advanced treatments, such as LipiFlow for dry eye, we can improve the quality of life for patients living with chronic eye conditions. We carry a variety of contact lenses suitable for nearly any prescription, including toric and scleral lenses.
Learn more about the integration of technology into our offices here.
Schaeffer Eye Center offers the best selection in distinctive, designer eyewear.
Our design minded eyewear consultants can assist you in finding the best style to offer comfort that meets your lifestyle needs and fashion sense.
We have grown to 17 locations across Alabama by providing quality service to our patients. Not only are we providers for most of the major insurance plans, we can determine the best use to maximize your benefits.
Schaeffer Eye Center believes in giving back to the community. This belief is demonstrated by current and past support in numerous community organizations.