Over three million Americans struggle with glaucoma every year. If improperly treated, glaucoma can lead to severe complications, even vision loss. At Beggs Family Vision in Wichita, Kansas, Phil Beggs, OD, offers comprehensive screenings and treatments to help men, women, and families protect themselves against glaucoma symptoms. Contact Dr. Beggs today by phone or online today to make sure you’re glaucoma-free.
Glaucoma refers to an optical condition caused by excessive fluid buildup in the front of your eye. When there’s too much fluid in the front of your eye, the pressure within the eye builds, causing damage to the optic nerve.
There are four types of glaucoma:
Chronic open-angle glaucoma is a prevalent type of glaucoma. It refers to the malfunctioning of the drainage system that prevents fluid buildups. The more damaged this drainage system is, the more your optic nerve weakens.
Normal tension glaucoma refers to an uncommon kind of glaucoma that occurs when normal pressure levels in the eye cause sensitivity.
Acute angle-closure glaucoma refers to a complete blockage in the drainage system. If left untreated, acute angle-closure glaucoma can lead to nausea, halo sightings, and blurred vision. You should seek immediate medical attention.
Secondary glaucoma comes as a result of other eye conditions and diseases. In other words, it’s a symptom of something else that causes pressure in the eye to build.
At Beggs Family Vision, Dr. Beggs offers comprehensive glaucoma evaluation services to identify the presence of the condition early on and recommend treatment before symptoms develop into something dangerous.
During your glaucoma evaluation, you should expect Dr. Beggs to perform any of the following tests:
Dr. Beggs uses a tonometer to shoot a puff of air directly to the surface of the eye. This enables him to measure the pressure in your eye and your cornea’s resistance to indentation.
Ophthalmoscopy refers to the evaluation of your visual field. To do so, Dr. Beggs tests the color and shape of your optic nerve.
Gonioscopy calculates the health of the angle between your iris and cornea to identify signs of blockages in your drainage system.
As of yet, there is no known cure for glaucoma. Nonetheless, Dr. Beggs uses his expertise to regulate the disease’s progression and keep your pressure levels stable.
In some cases, Dr. Beggs can recommend oral medical or prescription eye drops to help with the flow of fluids.
In extreme cases of glaucoma, Dr. Beggs might suggest a surgical intervention to create tiny drains and allow fluid to flush out.
Don’t wait for symptoms to get worse. Schedule a glaucoma evaluation today by phone or online.