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How Much Do You Know About Glaucoma? | PrimeCARE

Glaucoma awareness is important because there are no early symptoms for the condition. It is important to get a regular eye exam to check for the disease. 

Glaucoma is treated with medications or even surgery. It can be managed if it is detected early, but once it starts to take away a patient's vision, the loss is usually irreversible. Once it is detected the patient must take measures to keep the condition in check and prevent it from causing any vision loss. 

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At PrimeCARE we help many of our patients manage their conditions. We offer convenient hours, convenient locations, and friendly services at our extended hours clinic. Having a condition that requires constant monitoring can seem like a daunting task. Thankfully, the team at PrimeCARE extended hours clinic is here to help. 

We might not be optometrists, but  we can help administer eye drops if you are unable to do it yourself. We can also check out any minor eye issues that you are concerned might be a symptom of glaucoma. We can either diagnose and help you treat it, saving you a trip to an optometrist, or give your reassurance that seeing an optometrist is the best thing to do. 

What is glaucoma?

Glaucoma refers to any condition that causes damage to your eye’s optic nerve. The condition is also characterized by continuous worsening over time. There are four different classifications of glaucoma: open-angle, angle-closure, normal-tension, and pigmentary. 

It is one of the main causes of blindness. 

What are the symptoms of glaucoma?

If you have a severe headache, eye pain, and blurred vision, it’s time to schedule an emergency appointment with an optometrist. 

Each classification of glaucoma has one thing in mind, eye pressure. The fluids in the patient’s eye are not draining properly. This poor drainage is causing pressure, which will eventually damage their optic nerve. 

Should I be worried about glaucoma?

Everyone is at risk for glaucoma. However, this risk increases depending on your heritage and age. If you have no risk factors—glaucoma and/or high blood pressure does not run in your family—you should get an exam every four years beginning at the age of 40. 

If you do have risk factors, or are over the age of 65, you should see an optometrist every two years. 

Is there a cure for glaucoma?

Glaucoma is a condition that, once diagnosed, needs to be monitored for the rest of the patient's life. Vision loss can be regained with surgery or medication. The worsening of the condition can be halted with medication or surgery.