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Glaucoma Diagnosis & Treatment at Stone Ridge Eye Care

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Detect Glaucoma Early

One of the main reasons why our optometrists include glaucoma screenings in all eye exams is because glaucoma is one the leading causes of blindness, especially for adults over the age of 60. Glaucoma is hard for patients to spot, and symptoms will not start to appear until the disease has already reached an advanced stage of development.

However, glaucoma does not mean the end of your eyesight. If detected early enough, glaucoma can be managed and mitigated with the help of your optometrists. The first step, however, is to book your next eye exam.

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What is Glaucoma?

Glaucoma is a term used to describe a variety of eye diseases, most of them dealing with rising pressure of inner eye. Not all forms of glaucoma are based in raising eye pressure, like normal-tension glaucoma, but the most common forms do. The forms of glaucoma that are most commonly seen in patients are open-angle glaucoma and closed-angle glaucoma.

Open-angle glaucoma occurs when the drainage canal responsible for funneling out fluid from your eye starts to become clogged. This clogging raises eye pressure over time, damaging the optic nerve. This disease is gradual, and patients will often not see any symptoms occur until the disease has already reached an advanced stage, causing permanent vision loss.

While these symptoms are hard to spot for a patient, an optometrist can identify this disease through techniques we employ at every eye exam.

Closed-angle glaucoma occurs when the iris starts to bulge outwards, closing the drainage angle between the iris and the cornea. When this angle closes, the fluid in your eye which typically drains out becomes trapped inside, raising your eye pressure.

There are two types of closed-angle glaucoma: acute closed-angle glaucoma and chronic closed-angle glaucoma. Chronic happens gradually, similar to open-angle glaucoma, but acute closed-angle glaucoma happens quite quickly and is considered a medical emergency.

Symptoms of acute closed-angle glaucoma include headaches, nausea, rings/halos around sources of light, eye redness, and even eye or eyebrow pain. If these symptoms are happening suddenly to you, contact your optometrist immediately.

How to Detect Glaucoma

Because of how severe glaucoma could be without early detection, all of our exams include a comprehensive eye disease check, including tests to spot glaucoma.

Our optometrists can detect the disease through a variety of different tests, namely the Goldmann tonometry test and the non-contact tonometry (NCT) test. Both of these tests measure the pressure of your eyes.

Treatments for Glaucoma

Thankfully for patients, there are plenty of options available for mitigating the effect glaucoma has on their vision. Depending on the severity of the disease, your optometrist could recommend the use of eye drops or medications. For some patients, cataract surgery could be available depending on your doctor’s recommendation.

The first step for treating any form of glaucoma, however, is to book your eye exam. Early detection of the disease is paramount to treating it.

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Our office is conveniently located in the Village Center Plaza, between GNC and Harris Teeter.

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42015 Village Center Plaza Ste 103
Stone Ridge, VA 20105

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Phone: (703) 542-8888
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Monday
9:30 AM – 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM – 7:00 PM
Wednesday
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Thursday
9:30 AM – 6:00 PM
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9:30 AM – 5:00 PM
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