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Glaucoma Center

What is Glaucoma?

Glaucoma Glaucoma is a serious eye disease which is silent. It is one of the most significant eye diseases in Ophthalmology because for the most part it is silent without any symptoms. Patients gradually lose their peripheral vision without notice, and sometimes then their central vision. Since there are no symptoms and you cannot tell that you have it, it is important to have an M.D. Ophthalmologist assess your risk for glaucoma.

There are a number of risk factors including family history, race, age over 40, and the presence of other systemic diseases such as Diabetes Mellitus. On examination we have a number of ways that can help us determine if you might have glaucoma. This includes a thorough eye examination, and measuring of the intraocular pressure which is often elevated in patients with glaucoma. Our office has very sophisticated computer technology that can measure the thickness of the optic nerve down to microns or one-hundredth of a millimeter. We also have computer equipment that can assess whether or not peripheral vision has been lost, another sign of glaucoma.


Could I be at Risk for Glaucoma?

Glaucoma can occur in any age group. With increasing age, the disease becomes more common. If you have a family member with glaucoma, you are at increased risk of developing it yourself. Other known risk factors include African American heritage, increased intraocular pressure, and thinning of your cornea.

If you are concerned that you might be at risk for glaucoma or that you may have glaucoma symptoms, contact Deerwood Eye to setup an appointment. We provide glaucoma testing and treatment for the greater Jacksonville area and northern Florida.


Glaucoma Symptoms

There are many different types of glaucoma, but the majority of patients we see have a form of glaucoma called primary open angle glaucoma. This type of glaucoma does not produce any pain or redness of your eye. It doesn’t cause itching or redness or foreign body sensation either. So in this way, many patients with early glaucoma do not have any symptoms. This is why a follow up consultation is scheduled with your Deerwood Ophthalmology physician, this is key for treatment of glaucoma. When glaucoma becomes severe, you may notice changes in your peripheral vision or even loss of central vision.

 

Learn more about glaucoma by scheduling a consultation in Jacksonville today or Call us at (904) 996-7774.