In addition to assessing and treating refractive errors, Dr. James Deavers, your local Ladson eye doctor, also diagnoses and treats common eye diseases. A range of optometric services including diagnosis and treatment of vision related learning disabilities, as well as advanced and primary glaucoma treatment are offered at our Ladson Optometrist office. Glaucoma is an eye disease that develops when the eye’s drainage ducts become clogged, increasing the pressure inside the eyes and causing damage to the optic nerve. Patients suffering from glaucoma typically do not have any noticeable symptoms until the disease is very advanced and vision loss begins to occur. Because of its asymptomatic nature, it is important to have regular eye exams with Dr. Deavers, where screenings can be performed to check for glaucoma.
There are several medications available to manage glaucoma. Most of these are in eye drop form and either increase fluid drainage from the eye or decrease the production of ocular fluid. Medication must be taken at regular intervals on an ongoing basis, since glaucoma can be treated, but not fully cured. Glaucoma can also be treated with laser surgery to lower eye pressure and help prevent further damage.
Glaucoma is a leading cause of blindness in the United States, particularly for older people. Loss of sight can often be prevented with early diagnosis and treatment from Ladson optometrist, Dr. James Deavers. Visit our Ladson optical store today and receive an eye exam to test for glaucoma.