Woman treating glaucoma with eye drops given by her glaucoma specialist

Among the many eye conditions that can cause vision loss, glaucoma might be the one that catches you unexpectedly. Although common, it is one that requires proper supervision and management with a qualified professional. As the population ages and people live longer glaucoma poses to be a much bigger threat to blindness.

What is glaucoma?

Glaucoma is not one but multiple eye conditions and diseases that causes damage to the optic nerve. This part of the eye is the relay between the eye to the brain and helps the latter process visual images. However, if left untreated, glaucoma can impact its efficacy and reduce your vision.

What are symptoms of glaucoma?

Dr. Shobit Rastogi, a CEENTA ophthalmologist and glaucoma specialist who practices out of our Statesville office, explains the unique symptoms of the condition. "Unlike many eye conditions, glaucoma may not present itself with readily apparent symptoms and is considered a 'silent thief'. This is based on the stage and type you have, but common symptoms for versions such as open-angle glaucoma, acute angle-closure glaucoma, and normal-tension glaucoma include:

  • Reduced peripheral vision
  • Headache
  • Eye pain
  • Eye redness
  • Halos or rings around lights"

What are risk factors associated with glaucoma?

Anyone can be affected by glaucoma. With that said, certain risk factors increase the likelihood of developing it, such as:

  • Age (55 years old +)
  • Family history
  • Race/ethnicity (Black, Hispanic, and Asian individuals have higher predispositions)
  • Intraocular pressure (pressure in the eye)
  • High blood pressure
  • Low blood pressure
  • Myopia

When should you see a glaucoma specialist?

Glaucoma is not curable, but it is controllable if caught and treated in an appropriate time. During a routine eye exam, your ophthalmologist may conduct a preliminary screening for glaucoma and based on their findings recommend that an evaluation by a glaucoma specialist is warranted. Therefore, it is important that you schedule yearly eye exams or make an appointment with your physician if you experience reduced vision.

Glaucoma may give you additional pressure and stress, but CEENTA can give you the relief you need to feel comfortable with your eye health. Schedule your glaucoma consultation with Dr. Rastogi at our Statesville office today by calling 704-872-4108.

This blog is for informational purposes only. For specific medical questions, please consult your doctor. If you need an appointment with an eye doctor in one of our North or South Carolina locations, you can schedule appointment online or through myCEENTAchart.


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