What is Glaucoma?
Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases that leads to optic nerve damage, due to increased pressure from built-up fluid inside of the eye or eyes.
Peripheral vision (what you can see on the sides of your head when looking forward) is typically the first to deteriorate. As glaucoma progresses, your central vision (important for seeing objects clearly and for daily tasks such as reading, writing, and driving) will also start to fade.
Though lowering the eye pressure can help decrease the risk of further vision loss, once the vision is lost from the disease, it usually cannot be restored.
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Glaucoma is the #1 leading cause of preventable vision loss and blindness in the United States.
Glaucoma is a silent blinding disease and is also the second leading cause of blindness in the entire world (especially for those over age 60), leaving an estimated 4.5 million people blind worldwide. 3 million Americans and 80 million people worldwide suffer from glaucoma.
Taking action to preserve your vision with early detection and treatment is key. Aylo Health can help stop or slow the progression of the disease and save your vision before it’s too late.
How you can prevent Glaucoma through early detection
Symptoms of Glaucoma
Unfortunately, there are no early signs or symptoms of glaucoma, which is why more than 50% of those who suffer from glaucoma are unaware they even have the disease.
Noticeable symptoms of vision loss typically only occur after the disease has already progressed. This is why glaucoma is also known as “the sneak thief of sight.”
Though forms of treatment depend on the type and severity of glaucoma in patients, treatments can include medicated eye drops, oral medication, or laser procedures. In more severe cases, minor surgery may be necessary to help reduce internal pressure in the eye and to slow down further progression of the disease, preventing additional vision loss. Over time, glaucoma left completely untreated can cause total permanent blindness in one or both eyes.
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Glaucoma Screenings are offered at our Aylo Health – Imaging at Stockbridge location.
Why choose Aylo for your Glaucoma Screening?
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A Glaucoma Screening is one of the most trusted imaging processes that’s non-invasive, and performed by skilled and trained technicians and physicians.
We provide detailed images of the various structures of the retina and can show abnormalities that may threaten normal vision.
What to expect at your Glaucoma Screening
During the glaucoma screening, patients will be placed in a dark room for 10-15 minutes to help naturally dilate their eyes. If they do not dilate on their own, our technicians will place drops in your eyes to open your pupils, allowing them to get a better look inside. Once dilated, pictures will be taken of both eyes and exported to the dashboard of the IRIS website.
The patient will then complete a Visual Field Test for each eye on our Zeiss FDT device. If the screening comes back abnormal, patients must follow up with an ophthalmologist for further diagnosis and treatment.
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Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know if I'm at risk for glaucoma?
Those at risk for developing glaucoma include:
• Anyone over the age of 65 is 6 times more likely to get glaucoma
• African Americans over the age of 50 are 6 to 8 times more likely to get glaucoma.
• Anyone with a family history of glaucoma, as it’s known to be inherited.
• Patients who suffer from diabetes are 2 times more likely to get glaucoma than those without diabetes.
• Those who have suffered a significant eye injury, even if it occurred in childhood.
• Those taking certain medications, such as steroids for asthma.
Are there different types of glaucoma?
Yes, there are different types of glaucoma, with the most common form being open-angle. All types include:
• Primary open-angle glaucoma
• Normal-tension glaucoma or low-tension glaucoma
• Angle-closure glaucoma
• Congenital glaucoma
• Secondary glaucomas
• Pigmentary glaucoma
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