Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness in the US. More than 4 million people have a diagnosis and over 2 million are unaware that they have it.
Often called the silent thief of sight, glaucoma has no symptoms until it has progressed into the later stages and permanent vision loss has occurred.
Most cases are found in those over 50 years of age. There is a 22% increased risk per decade of life.
Additional risk factors are:
• Heart disease
• Hispanic, Asian or African heritage
• High eye pressure readings
• Family history of glaucoma
The incidence of glaucoma is increasing rapidly due to the aging of the population, with rates expected to triple by 2050.
Fortunately, glaucoma is easily detected by having annual eye examinations, and early intervention along with the latest glaucoma treatment options usually results in a lifetime of good vision.
Current technology has made it easier than ever to discover signs of the disease at its earliest stages. Newer non-invasive scanning devices find even the slightest glaucoma-induced thinning of nerve fibers within the eye well before vision is compromised.
Never really cured, most cases are well controlled with the daily use of eye drops to lower eye pressure, though some may need LASER or other minimally invasive procedures. A very few cases may require major surgical intervention.
The doctors at Accent Vision Specialists have the latest instrumentation and years of experience in medically managing glaucoma. They make it a major focus of their practice.
Don’t risk losing the precious gift of sight to this silent thief. Contact us today to schedule an eye exam and keep your eye health at its best.