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As we get older, our eyes change. It is not uncommon for people to develop eye disease and have changes in their vision as they get older. When you notice these changes, visit the Eye Center of Virginia. Our Williamsburg, Virginia office is always available to you for the care you need including for glaucoma. Dr. Schultz and the team are happy to help you.
Glaucoma is a type of eye disease that targets the optic nerve. This nerve is critical to your vision. It helps to take the images that the eyes obtain and transfers it to the brain. When glaucoma occurs, there is damage to this nerve, often because of high pressure in the eye. Unfortunately, glaucoma is very common and is a leading cause of blindness in men and women, especially those over the age of 60.
Any vision loss due to this condition cannot be restored. As a result, it is critically important for individuals to take action to screen for and prevent this condition from developing or getting worse. The cause of this condition can be genetics. However, it is often brought on by high pressure in the eyes due to a build up of aqueous humor, a type of fluid, in the eyes. Over time, the nerve will gradually deteriorate. There are several forms of glaucoma, but in most, there is an overproduction of fluid or damage or improper drainage of this fluid.
Perhaps the most worrisome component of this disease is that, in most cases, there are few early warning signs of it. Some signs may include:
The very best treatment is simply to prevent it. With routine eye care and vision screenings, we can monitor for changes in the eyes and optic nerve and prevent this from occurring or reduce the impact it has.
When you come in to see your optometrist for vision care, we'll create a glaucoma treatment plan right for you. This may include:
How aggressive treatment is will depend on your health and the severity of your condition. Seeing your optometrist in our office consistently, at least once a year or more often, is an important part of your glaucoma and vision care.
Call Eye Center of Virginia in Williamsburg, Virginia for an appointment. Allow our team to provide all of your eye care to minimize the risk of developing glaucoma. Come in to see Dr. Schultz by calling us at 757-229-1131.