Glaucoma refers to a group of eye diseases that can cause blindness by damaging the optic nerve. Your expert eye doctor from Elite Vision Care recommends undergoing regular eye exams because glaucoma tends to be asymptomatic in the early stages, making it nearly impossible to detect without the help of an optometrist.
There are four types of glaucoma:
Primary Open Angle Glaucoma (POAG) – This is the most common kind of glaucoma. With this form of glaucoma, the eye’s drainage canals become blocked, preventing fluids from draining. This causes pressure to accumulate in the eye, eventually damaging the optic nerve. Vision loss from POAG is slow and gradual.
Secondary Glaucoma – This type of glaucoma develops as a complication of other eye conditions like cataracts, diabetes, eye trauma or tumors. It can also develop after eye surgery. Fortunately, glaucoma treatment can address the damage to the fluid drainage canal.
Normal Tension Glaucoma – This is another type of open-angle glaucoma. However, unlike POAG, the optic nerve is damaged even though the eye pressure is not excessively elevated.
Acute Angle-Closure Glaucoma – Acute angle-closure glaucoma produces sudden symptoms like nausea, vomiting, headaches, eye pain and vision loss. In this kind of glaucoma, the aqueous cannot drain properly because the entrance to the drainage canal is closed or is too narrow.
We can help patients with glaucoma treatment, dry eye treatment and more. We can also perform comprehensive eye exams and prescribe a wide range of eyeglasses and high-quality contact lenses. Call us at (281) 205-0002 to learn more about our services and products. We serve League City, TX, and nearby areas.