GLAUCOMA: WAYS TO REDUCE RISK AND KEEP YOUR OPTIC NERVE HEALTHY

WHAT IS GLAUCOMA?

Glaucoma results from damage to the optic nerve which can impair vision. Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness, and is commonly referred to as the “Silent Thief of Sight” because it damages vision so gradually that you do not notice it until the advanced stages.

It is usually associated with elevated intraocular pressure or reduced blood supply – circulation to the optic nerve. Another mechanism is when the microscopic drainage system in the eye is partially obstructed, the intraocular pressure increases causing damage to the optic nerve. However, even people with normal eye pressures can have glaucoma.

HOW CAN I TELL IF I HAVE GLAUCOMA?

Unfortunately there are usually no symptoms until you have lost vision. Early diagnosis and treatment are the best way to minimize or prevent optic nerve damage, and limit glaucoma-related vision loss which is why we recommend annual eye exams.

Author
Dr. Elise Brisco

You Might Also Enjoy...

Why Choose Integrative Medicine?

Integrative medicine combines the best of both worlds by using both conventional and natural or complementary medicine to address health issues and the underlying causes.

Is Video Gaming Hurting Our Children?

It’s no secret that in this day and age many kids put in many hours a day (not to mention scores of hours per week) sitting in front of a TV or computer screen.

Use integrative approach to stress-induced dry eye

 Stress is the underlying cause for many health problems, including eye issues such as: Dry Eyes, Styes and Eye Infections. After 30 years of practice, I've seen this trend repeated over and over. For the overwhelming majority of my patients with red, dry