Glaucoma Specialist Fort Myers
If you’re having problems with your eyesight or experiencing eye pain it’s important to schedule an appointment with a glaucoma specialist in Fort Myers today! Snead Eye Group has highly trained and skilled doctors that can provide comprehensive eyecare to diagnose, manage, and treat all types of eye disease, including glaucoma.
Suffering from symptoms like blurred vision, distorted vision, seeing halos around lights, blind spots, cloudy looking eyes, increased sensitivity to light, sudden eye pain, or loss of vision, can be signs of glaucoma that need to be addressed before permanent damage to the optic nerve occurs.
More than 3 million Americans are currently living with glaucoma and it is the second leading cause of blindness worldwide. At the moment there is no cure for glaucoma. That’s why regular vision testing is so important for your overall eye health.
Dr. Snead has many years of experience in the field of glaucoma, and can provide more information on how we may be able to assist with your condition or what further tests may be necessary. Contact Snead Eye Group today to schedule your consultation.
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What is Glaucoma
Glaucoma is a group of eye disorders that can damage the optic nerve. In many cases these disorders increase the intraocular pressure in your eye and if left untreated the pressure may rise to dangerous levels and decrease peripheral vision or even cause blindness.
Open-angle glaucoma is the most common type of glaucoma and usually happens to people over the age of fifty. Early detection and treatment is key as forty percent of vision could be lost before any warning signs or symptoms are noticed. It is key to have regular vision exams so any signs of glaucoma can be detected.
Angle-closure glaucoma is a rarer form of glaucoma. Symptoms to pay close attention to are: severe pain, nausea, vomiting, blurred vision, and a halo appearing around lights. Note that these are warning signs and a person may have any of these symptoms and not have glaucoma. Always consult with your glaucoma specialist if you have questions.
What Causes Glaucoma?
An increase in the amount of aqueous humor (fluid) in the eye indicates a problem. Either the eye is producing too much, or it’s not draining properly. Certain medial disorders such as, diabetes, may also contribute to glaucoma.
Who is Most Likely To Get Glaucoma?
Because there are several types, anyone can have glaucoma. Certain ethnic backgrounds specifically African-Americans are four times more likely to develop glaucoma than whites.
What Are The Symptoms of Glaucoma?
Glaucoma is often known as the “silent thief”. Because there are no warning signs most people do not realize they actually have a problem. Glaucoma gradually reduces your side to side vision but by the time you notice it, permanent damage has already occurred.
How Is Glaucoma Detected?
A visit to your eye care specialist is the best way to determine whether or not you have glaucoma. People with certain risk factors should see their eye doctor more frequently to have their intraocular pressure checked.
Another detection method is through diagnostic testing such as a visual field. This test will map your vision and determine if any points in your field of vision are missing.
How Is Glaucoma Treated?
The best treatment for glaucoma is early diagnosis and prevention. Various types of glaucoma may require different treatment plans including the iStent and Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty. Snead Eye Group provides best treatment for glaucoma in Fort Myers Florida. Your eye care specialist will discuss the best course of action with you, if you are diagnosed with glaucoma.
It’s Not Too Late, The Time Is Now
It can take months or years for glaucoma symptoms to progress to a noticeable state. Yearly checkups to determine the IOP, or intraocular pressure of your eyes to know whether you have indications of glaucoma or not. Contact Snead Eye Group today to see if you have glaucoma or reduce the number of medications needed to manage your glaucoma with one of a variety of treatments available to reduce the intraocular pressure inside your eye.
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What is the name of a glaucoma specialist?
A glaucoma specialist can be any ophthalmologist who has treated a large number of patients with glaucoma, so they know how to diagnose and treat it. Other specialists can be “fellowship trained” or trained under a respected glaucoma specialist.
What does glaucoma specialist do?
A glaucoma specialist is an Eye M.D. (Ophthalmologist) who cares for routine eye problems and has considerable experience in treating the disease.
When should you see a glaucoma specialist?
If you experience eye pain, light sensitivity or vision problems in general, you should consult with your medical eye professional in order to avoid further damage and possible complications. Since glaucoma often does not have symptoms at first, it is important to get an annual eye exam that includes testing for this condition, especially as you age.
What is a suspect for glaucoma?
Any person who exhibits one or more clinical features and/or risk factors which increase the possibility of developing glaucomatous optic nerve degeneration (GOND) and visual deficiency in the future is considered to be a glaucoma suspect.
Can you Be Cured From Glaucoma?
At this time there is no cure for glaucoma and any damage caused cannot be reversed. Early detection and regular exams are key.
Who is the best doctor to treat glaucoma?
Considering doctors that have a large amount of experience and a reputation for great results is a great place to start. At Snead Eye Group you can find a Dr. that will answer all your questions and present the best options for your particular situation.
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Snead Eye Group – Fort Myers
4790 Barkley Cir, Fort Myers, FL 33907
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