Glaucoma Diagnosis & Treatment
Dr. Brian J. Courtright, O.D., has been your premier Prescott Valley eye doctor for over 20 years and has helped hundreds of people live well with a glaucoma diagnosis. This leading cause vision loss affects millions of people around the globe, and it’s important to get regularly screened for the disease to ensure early detection and treatment. Read on to learn more.
What Is Glaucoma?
People of all ages can get glaucoma, however, it most commonly occurs in older adults. It is caused by damage to the optic nerves, which serve as the connections between the brain and the eyes. You may be more at risk for developing this disease if you are of African-American or Latino descent, if it runs in your family, or if you have diabetes or heart disease.
This disease is referred to as the “sneak thief of sight” because very often, symptoms don’t develop until long after the disease has developed. If symptoms do develop, they can take years to present, and often come on as a gradual decline in peripheral vision and eventual blurry vision throughout a person’s visual field.
When the disease presents with a gradual decline in eyesight, a person can be said to have “open-angle glaucoma.” This is the most common form and is associated with an increase in inner eye pressure due to a block in the normal drainage of inner eye fluid. A rare form of glaucoma, called “angle-closure glaucoma,” is considered a medical emergency, and presents with acute vision loss symptoms as well as eye pain and nausea.
How Is Glaucoma Diagnosed?
It’s possible to detect and diagnose glaucoma before any symptoms develop–but only on a comprehensive eye exam from an eye doctor. Our optometrist in Prescott Valley uses specialized tools and procedures to safely and effectively test your eyes for the presence of glaucoma and other chronic eye health diseases.
During a glaucoma screening or test, Dr. Courtright looks at several characteristics of your eyes to determine if you’re showing early warning signs of the disease. He’ll check your inner eye pressure, evaluate the color and shape of your optic nerves, measure the thickness of your cornea and the angle at which your iris meets the cornea, and perform the basic visual field tests to assess your vision.
What To Expect With Glaucoma Treatment
If you’ve been diagnosed with glaucoma, Dr. Courtright will work closely with you to determine your best course of action. Glaucoma treatment often involves medications–either oral medications, medicated eye drops, or both–to help lower inner eye pressure and improve eye fluid drainage, to minimize further damage to your optic nerve. Dr. Courtright may also be able to refer you to other healthcare professionals, such as ophthalmologists or nutritionists if surgical intervention or nutritional counseling is indicated.
Get To Know Our Optometrist In Prescott Valley – Call Today!
If you have questions about your eye health or would like to schedule a comprehensive eye exam with our optometrist in Prescott Valley, call Dr. Courtright at Prescott Valley Eye Care now at (928) 771-9939.