Glaucoma

GLAUCOMA

Glaucoma is a group of conditions in which optic nerve cells in the back of the eye die.  This is usually due to excessive intraocular pressure inside the eye exerted by fluid known as aqueous humor.  The function of these optic nerve cells is to transform the light entering the eye into electronic impulses for the brain to understand.  As these cells slowly die, then some vision may be lost.  High intraocular pressure is not always dangerous, however in susceptible individuals high pressure can begin to damage the optic nerve.  

Glaucoma is a painless disease that can cause permanent damage before ever noticing a difference in your vision.  Glaucoma is a treatable disease but unfortunately at this time, there is no cure.

 

Glaucoma is a group of conditions in which optic nerve cells in the back of the eye die.  This is usually due to excessive intraocular pressure inside the eye exerted by fluid known as aqueous humor.  The function of these optic nerve cells is to transform the light entering the eye into electronic impulses for the brain to understand.

 

As these cells slowly die, then some vision may be lost.  High intraocular pressure is not always dangerous, however in susceptible individuals high pressure can begin to damage the optic nerve.  Glaucoma is a painless disease that can cause permanent damage before ever noticing a difference in your vision.  Glaucoma is a treatable disease but unfortunately at this time, there is no cure.

A thorough dilated examination which takes into account intraocular pressure, family background, visual field and condition of the optic nerve will enable our team of doctors to asses whether or not glaucoma is present.

People who are likely to develop glaucoma include those who:

  • are related to someone with glaucoma

  • have diabetes

  • have high blood pressure

  • are taking steroid medications

  • are over the age of 50

  • are of African descent

Please contact any of our offices 815-729-3777 if you would like to schedule an appointment.

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How often should I visit my ophthalmologist?

​If you have a history of eye disease, we recommend making regular appointments and following up as your ophthalmologist advises. Call now for more information or to schedule an appointment.

​Can I bring a friend with me to my ophthalmologist appointment?

​You are always welcome to bring a friend or family member with you to your appointments.  An extra set of ears is always helpful so you don’t forget any important information your ophthalmologist goes over with you during your appointment. 

 

How do I know if I should schedule an ophthalmologist appointment?

​If you are having eye discomfort or trouble with your vision, schedule an appointment with your ophthalmologist. Health conditions, like high blood pressure or diabetes, increase your risk for certain diseases. If you have questions or think you might need to see an ophthalmologist, call for more information.

 

Do your ophthalmologists have tips on how I can protect my eyes?

 

​Don’t forget to wear protective eyewear during activities like mowing the grass, doing construction work, or playing sports.  If you wear contacts, take steps to prevent eye infections. Wash your hands before handling your contacts or touching your eyes, and be sure to replace them regularly.

 

When should I arrive at my ophthalmologist appointment?

 

​We ask that you arrive at your eye appointment fifteen minutes early. That gives you time to fill out any necessary paperwork before your appointment with your doctor. 

 

What should I bring for my ophthalmologist appointment?

 

​You will need to bring your insurance information. If you have a referral from your primary care physician, please have that with you if you haven’t already sent it to us. And lastly, bring a list of all medications you are taking.

 

Can your ophthalmologists perform LASIK? What can I expect?

 

​One of our most popular procedures at Spectrum Eye Institute is LASIK surgery. An outpatient procedure, LASIK surgery corrects the vision of patients who are nearsighted, farsighted or have astigmatism. Call now for more information or to see if LASIK might be right for you. 

 

Does your ophthalmologist office offer cosmetic services?

 

​Though ophthalmologists are known for medically necessary services, we also offer cosmetic procedures and services to help you look and feel your best. We offer Botox Cosmetic treatments that smooth deep wrinkles and crows’ feet around your eyes. Call our offices for more information and to schedule a consultation.