Can you remember the last time you had a comprehensive eye exam? If not it is very important that you come in to see us for an eye exam as soon as possible. This is because many eye diseases and disorders do not show any symptoms in the early stages. In fact, many people are diagnosed with glaucoma when they least expect it. Glaucoma like many other eye diseases has no obvious symptoms in the early stages. For this reason people often feel there is no reason to come in for an eye exam. Unfortunately, glaucoma treatment is currently limited to stopping the disease’s advance; vision already lost to glaucoma cannot be restored. If you want to come in for a comprehensive eye exam that will screen you for glaucoma and many other eye diseases, make an appointment to see our expert Houston optometrist at West U Vision.
At our eye care practice we are very happy to have two expert therapeutic optometrists on staff. They are Dr. Christine Castillo and Dr. MH Rockoff. Our optometrist will be able to perform diagnostic tests to see if you do indeed have glaucoma. If you are diagnosed with this serious disease, and it is caught in the early stages, our optometrist will be able to offer you treatment options that will keep the disease from progressing. And, hopefully the disease will be caught early enough so that you will not suffer any vision loss at all. Our Houston optometrist will test your eye pressure to screen for glaucoma. If your eye pressure is high it does not immediately mean that you have glaucoma. Additional vision tests will need to be performed to make a definitive diagnosis.
Glaucoma is actually the name for a specific group of eye diseases. For most patients there are few or actually no symptoms that would point to glaucoma. When a symptom finally does occur, it is usually a loss of peripheral vision. Our Houston optometrist warns that even this symptom often goes unnoticed until the disease has had a chance to take hold in the eye. Sudden eye pain, severe headache, blurred vision, or the appearance of halos around lights may eventually develop. Other symptoms of glaucoma may include redness in the eyes, nausea, or narrowing vision. It is easy to take our good sight for granted until something happens. Don’t let your vision be stolen by glaucoma or any other eye disease; make an appointment with our Houston optometrist today for a comprehensive eye exam.