Glaucoma is a group of eye conditions that cause fluid buildup, which increases pressure inside the eye. Glaucoma primarily affects older people and can cause blindness if not treated promptly. At Optics Soho, we offer glaucoma testing and treatment to help you live a normal life and prevent the condition from worsening. We encourage people to come for annual eye checkups so conditions like glaucoma can be detected early on. We have two clinics, one in Tampa and the other in Riverview. People from surrounding areas such as Brandon are also welcome to experience our professional eye care services.
Symptoms of Glaucoma
When glaucoma is in its early stages, it does not show any symptoms. In the later stages of glaucoma, patients often experience symptoms like:
- Eye pain
- Seeing halos around lights
- Hazy eyes
- Eye redness
- Loss of vision
Risk Factors of Glaucoma
You are at more risk of glaucoma if:
- You are over forty years old
- Your family has a history of glaucoma
- You have had an eye injury before
- You have high blood pressure, diabetes, or a heart disease
Glaucoma Diagnosis and Treatment
During an eye exam, our optometrists will:
- Examine the optic nerve for any damage
- Measure the thickness of the cornea
- Inspect the eye’s drainage angle
- Measure the eye’s pressure
If you have glaucoma, our optometrists will recommend treatment options based on your unique needs. Our eye doctors will prescribe medications such as eye drops to treat glaucoma. Eyedrops increase drainage in the eye and decrease fluids, decreasing pressure. Since there is no cure for glaucoma, patients will require ongoing testing and treatment after their diagnosis.
If medications don’t work, that’s when we may need to recommend other options such as laser treatment. During this treatment, the eye doctor uses a strong beam of light to improve the eye’s fluid drainage. Surgery is more invasive and might be the last option if medications and laser treatment seem ineffective. There are several types of glaucoma surgeries. Our eye doctor will assess your eye health and determine what procedure is right for you.
Schedule an Appointment at our Tampa or Riverview Location for Quality Eye Care
It’s not always possible to prevent glaucoma. That’s why it’s always important to maintain routine eye exams to identify glaucoma and start treatment to prevent its progression early.
Do you have any signs of glaucoma and live in Tampa, Riverview, Brandon, or the surrounding areas? Visit us at Optics Soho for a professional evaluation and treatment plan. We have qualified optometrists and state-of-the-art equipment to help us diagnose precisely and recommend the best treatment options for our patients. Call our Riverview clinic at (813) 643-7300 or our Tampa clinic at (813) 254-2020 to book an appointment with one of our eye doctors.