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Don’t be a statistic—take control of your eye health.
Over 3 million people in the United States have glaucoma and this number is expected to double by the year 2050. Your risk factors of developing glaucoma—the second leading cause of blindness in America—include your age, family history, race, nearsightedness and a history of blunt trauma.
Since the disease typically doesn’t present symptoms until the late stages, the only way to know you have glaucoma is with an eye examination.
But there is hope for patients with glaucoma at the Cheyenne Eye Clinic & Surgery Center.
Early diagnosis is critical, that’s why we have all the latest modern and advanced equipment to provide patients with an early and accurate diagnosis.
When you take control of your health, by getting regular eye exams and beginning an appropriate treatment plan, you are less likely to have significant vision loss from glaucoma.
What is glaucoma?
Glaucoma is a chronic disease of the optic nerve. Each eye has an optic nerve which is comprised of over a million fibers. The fibers carry visual information that lands on the retina inside the eye, to the brain where vision is interpreted. In people with glaucoma, those fibers slowly degenerate and die away. After a certain number of fibers are damaged, people will have weakness in their eyesight corresponding with whatever fibers were damaged.
What can I do to make sure I’m not a statistic?
Regular eye exams are essential for early diagnosis. Patients who begin treatment in the early stages of the disease and comply with their doctor’s recommendations most typically do well and do not experience significant, noticeable vision loss in their lifetimes. Even if glaucoma is diagnosed in the later stages, there is still hope to try to preserve what vision remains.
How can you help me manage my glaucoma?
Unfortunately, glaucoma cannot be cured, but with the appropriate lowering of the eye pressure, the disease can be significantly slowed with careful management. Eye pressure can be lowered by eye drops, laser, or surgery. Compliance with therapy and your doctor’s recommendations is essential to prevent further vision loss from glaucoma.