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What Are the Early Signs of Glaucoma



Recognizing and Treating Glaucoma

Glaucoma is a serious vision disorder that has the potential of completely taking away your ability to see. The best way to deal with the condition is early detection and treatment, which begins with a regular vision examination. Serving Roseville and Grass Valley, CA, Capital Eye Medical Group offers a variety of ophthalmology services, including eye exams to detect glaucoma.

How Glaucoma Affects Your Vision

There are different varieties of glaucoma, but they all represent a serious threat to your vision. The most common type is related to the excessive concentration of fluid within the eye, producing excessive internal pressure. This in turn will affect the optic nerve, which transmits to the brain images received by the retina, located at the rear of the eyeball. Glaucoma is often hereditary, but is also found in certain ethnic groups. Although it can occur in people of any age, it primarily affects those aged 60 and older. Glaucoma is the leading cause of vision loss in that age group. Those who suffer from glaucoma may experience many different symptoms, so it is best detected by our eye doctor.

Diagnosing and Treating Glaucoma

Those with glaucoma may notice patchy spots in either their center or outer vision areas, with the condition often developing in both eyes. Their eyesight may also be generally blurred and marked by halos around lights. Other symptoms include headaches and eye pain. Our ophthalmologist can detect the condition by measuring eye pressure, which is part of a regular vision examination. Once diagnosed, the condition can be treated through medications and, if necessary, eye surgery. However, it is not possible to restore vision that has been lost, which is why early detection is so important.

Schedule an Eye Exam with Our Ophthalmologist

If you need a routine eye exam, visit Capital Eye Medical Group, serving Grass Valley and Roseville, CA. Our eye doctor will detect and treat glaucoma if necessary. We also offer a variety of other ophthalmology services. Call us today to schedule an appointment.

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