Every month or so, the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) publishes an incredible patient success story that makes us proud to be apart of such a strong community of doctors dedicated to saving vision and improving lives. As a salute to all of the brave patients and their families who’ve overcome more than what anyone could imagine, here is a recap of their journeys and where they are in 2017.
Glaucoma is an eye disorder that can occur when the pressure inside your eye rises above normal (ocular hypertension) and damages your optic nerve. If left untreated, glaucoma can cause you to lose your peripheral vision and even go blind. Read more about what causes glaucoma and how it affects your eyes.
In fact, glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness in the United States and affects more than 2.7 million people ages 40 and older. Because glaucoma presents with very few (if any) initial symptoms, nearly half of those who have glaucoma don’t even know it (American Academy of Ophthalmology). This is one of the many important reasons to schedule an ophthalmologist appointment every year, especially if you’re over 40, are diabetic, and/or have a family history of glaucoma. (more…)
If you’re experiencing frequent eye irritation or unusual vision changes, do you make an appointment with your optician, optometrist, or your ophthalmologist? What if you need to schedule a comprehensive eye exam, update your current lens prescription, or adjust the nose pads on your glasses? Would you call the same office?
Glaucoma is an eye disorder that commonly arises when pressure inside the eye is above normal (ocular hypertension) and the optic nerve is damaged. The optic nerve is a very important part of your eye, because it is what your body uses to “tell” your brain what you’re seeing. If your optic nerve is compromised, you could lose your peripheral vision and even go blind.