Over 3 million Americans suffer from glaucoma, but only half know they have it. At Galleria Vision Center, Youngson Joe, OD treats men and women in Dallas, Texas who are suffering from glaucoma through comprehensive diagnostic and preventive care. If you know that glaucoma runs in your family or think you might be experiencing symptoms, call or go online today to book an appointment.
There are four primary types of glaucoma:
As the most common type of glaucoma, chronic open-angle glaucoma occurs when the drainage system in your eye that keeps excess fluid out isn’t working correctly. Consequently, pressure builds in the eye and damages the optic nerve.
Acute angle-closure glaucoma occurs when your eye’s drainage system is completely blocked. You’ll need Dr. Joe’s immediate medical attention, as the pressure build-up in your eye can lead to severe complications, including blurred vision, nausea, halo sightings, and more.
Secondary glaucoma generally comes about as a consequence of another eye condition or disease, like inflammation, which causes pressure to build. Secondary glaucoma is the only type of glaucoma that has an identifiable cause.
Normal tension glaucoma is an unusual type of glaucoma that occurs when regular, stable pressure in the eye causes sensitivity. Patients suffering from this are most likely reactive to normal levels of pressure.
In the past decade, diagnosing glaucoma has become a routine process. At Galleria Vision Center, Dr. Joe uses two different machines for diagnosis:
If Dr. Joe suspects that you might be suffering from glaucoma, she’ll perform a visual field test to look at your central or peripheral vision. This test monitors the progress of your potential loss of vision, damage to visual pathways of the brain, and optic nerve issues.
Dr. Joe recommends the Optomap Retinal Exam to diagnose the presence of glaucoma. This test generates ultra-wide digital scans of your retina, which Dr. Joe then uses to detect signs of eye disease, like glaucoma. The test only takes a few minutes and is entirely painless.
Since there are no known cures for glaucoma, the team at Galleria Vision Center can only recommend the most effective symptom management regimen to regulate its progression and monitor your pressure levels.
Dr. Joe may suggest:
If you think you have glaucoma or know it runs in your family, see what the team at Galleria Vision Center can do to help. Call or use the online booking tool to schedule an appointment today.