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A Guide to Detecting, Treating, and Managing Glaucoma

Glaucoma, often called the silent thief of sight, is a formidable foe. It creeps in stealthily, slowly impairing your vision without warning. It's a condition that affects millions worldwide, yet many remain unaware of its presence until it's too late.

In this blog, we shed light on glaucoma and explain how Advantage Vision Center’s services can help detect, manage, and treat this condition effectively. Don’t wait until it’s too late. Schedule an appointment in Charlotte today.

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Glaucoma Explained

Glaucoma is a group of eye conditions that damage the optic nerve, the vital link between the eye and the brain. Typically, glaucoma develops when there is a buildup of pressure inside the eye, causing gradual damage to the optic nerve. What makes glaucoma particularly concerning is its silent progression. It often develops without noticeable symptoms until significant vision loss occurs.

How Glaucoma Progresses

In the early stages, glaucoma usually progresses without obvious warning signs. Vision loss begins with peripheral or side vision, making it challenging to notice the changes. As the condition advances, central vision may also be affected, eventually leading to blindness if left untreated. Early detection and timely intervention are crucial to managing glaucoma effectively and preventing irreversible vision impairment.

Technology for Early Detection

We can detect glaucoma through a comprehensive eye exam and tests that measure internal eye pressure, examine the optic nerve, evaluate peripheral vision, and assess overall eye health. Our eye doctor, Dr. Paula Newsome, utilizes state-of-the-art technology, including our Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) machine, to detect glaucoma in its earliest stages. OCT is a non-invasive imaging technique that allows us to capture high-resolution images of the optic nerve and retinal layers. By analyzing these images, Dr. Newsome can identify subtle changes indicative of glaucoma.

Personalized Treatment and Management

Although there is no cure for glaucoma, early diagnosis and appropriate management can significantly slow its progression and prevent further vision loss. Treatment options may include prescription eye drops to reduce intraocular pressure, laser therapy to improve fluid drainage, or surgical interventions in severe cases.

Dr. Newsome and her team at Advantage Vision Center will work closely with you to develop a personalized treatment plan tailored to your needs. Regular follow-up appointments and diligent management are essential to monitor your eye health and adjust the treatment as necessary.

Get a Glaucoma Test in Charlotte

Visit Advantage Vision Center for a comprehensive eye exam, and let Dr. Newsome assess your eye health using our advanced OCT machine. With our expert care, advice, and personalized treatment plans, you can rest assured your eyes are in good hands.