Glaucoma, a formidable eye disease, silently advances, posing a substantial risk of blindness if not promptly addressed. The insidious nature of glaucoma lies in its tendency to remain asymptomatic until reaching an advanced stage, resulting in irreversible vision impairment. At Epic Vision Eye Centers, our dedicated optometrists prioritize early detection through comprehensive examinations, offering a lifeline to those at risk.


The Mechanics of Glaucoma

Glaucoma manifests in two primary forms: open-angle and angle-closure. Both stem from elevated intraocular pressure (IOP), a consequence of impaired eye fluid drainage. As pressure exceeds 22 mm Hg—recognized as ocular hypertension—it inflicts damage upon the delicate optic nerve, initiating a gradual loss of vision.

Identifying Those at Risk

While age is a significant factor, other variables contribute to the risk of developing glaucoma. Genetic predisposition, belonging to African, Hispanic, or Asian descent, concurrent medical conditions like diabetes and hypertension, a familial history of glaucoma, a thin cornea, extreme nearsightedness or farsightedness, and prolonged corticosteroid use amplify susceptibility. Vigilance and timely intervention become paramount in these cases.

Regular Glaucoma Testing

Optometrists play a pivotal role in combating glaucoma by advocating regular testing. As per the guidelines from the American Academy of Ophthalmology, testing frequency varies with age. Individuals under 40 are advised to undergo testing every 5 to 10 years, while those between 40 and 54 should have assessments every 2 to 4 years. The frequency increases for those aged 55 to 64 (every 1 to 3 years) and those over 65 (every 1 to 2 years). These routine tests enable early detection, a critical factor in glaucoma management.

Tailored Treatment Plans for Glaucoma

Upon detecting elevated IOP, optometrists can devise personalized treatment plans to mitigate the risk. Early intervention often includes prescription eye drops, adjustments to eyeglasses prescriptions, or specific medications. A commitment to ongoing management becomes imperative upon a confirmed diagnosis. Lifestyle modifications, such as adhering to an exercise regimen, maintaining a balanced diet, using proper eye protection during work or sports, and abstaining from smoking, contribute significantly to sustaining normal intraocular pressures.

Epic Vision Eye Centers: Your Guardian Against Glaucoma

Are you looking for an eye doctor near you?  Epic Vision Eye Centers offer convenience with 12 accessible locations spanning Kansas and Missouri. Schedule an appointment promptly to undergo comprehensive glaucoma screening and initiate a proactive journey toward preserving your invaluable vision. Remember, early detection is the key to triumphing over the silent threat of glaucoma.

Corporate Office
8305 Melrose Dr
Lenexa, KS 66214

Billing | (816) 207-0055
Fax | (913) 340-9880
Accounts Payable | (816) 256-4092

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