Did you know that behind cataracts, glaucoma — a general term for a number of conditions leading to elevated pressure inside the eye — is runner-up as the leading cause of blindness worldwide? Unlike cataracts, however, vision degradation stemming from glaucoma is often not reversible. In other words, glaucoma has cataracts beat in terms of potential for permanent damage to your eyes. This is why your Summerville eye doctor considers glaucoma testing a top priority for every patient who comes in. Does this sound scary? Relax. Today’s glaucoma screening is both quick and painless. Plus James Deavers, OD, PA is an expert when it comes to diagnosing and treating the condition. Chances are we’ll run the test and find your eyes to be perfectly healthy, but if we do find a problem, you can be sure you’re in good hands.
Glaucoma comes in several forms, and is an especially insidious infliction since symptoms don’t usually become noticeable until the optic nerve has suffered serious damage. Just like with cancer, then, early diagnosis is extremely important. Over the years, science has come up with a number of ways to test for glaucoma. Older techniques eye doctors have employed to measure pressure inside the eye (a.k.a. “intraocular pressure”) involved the use of instruments called tonometers that had to make physical contact with people’s eyes to get readings. Not surprisingly, this required the use of an anesthetic to keep patients comfortable. Today, however, non-contact tonometry is standard procedure. So when you come in to see Dr. James Deavers — your local Summerville eye doctor — you don’t have to dread someone inserting foreign objects into your eyes. Instead, all you’ll have to do is look at some lights in a dark box. As you do, you’ll feel gentle and brief puffs of air blow into your eyes one at a time.
We can’t stress enough the importance of diagnosing and treating glaucoma as quickly as possible. Losing your vision is no fun. The only way to nip latent problems in the bud is to keep to a regular schedule of eye exams with our Summerville eye doctor. Call or use our website to set up an appointment with James Deavers, OD, PA as soon as possible!