At Boca Family Eye Care, our optometrists stress the very real importance of scheduling regular eye exams. Many people neglect to visit an eye doctor until a noticeable problem or change in visual acuity occurs. Unfortunately, seeing an optometrist at the onset of symptoms is often too late to effectively treat certain eye conditions, especially glaucoma.
What is Glaucoma?
Glaucoma, commonly called the silent thief of sight, does not present noticeable symptoms until the condition has progressed so far that its effects are irreversible. Several different factors can cause and contribute to glaucoma, a condition which results in increased intraocular pressure which damages the optic nerve (the nerve which relays sight signals to your brain, allowing you to see). When detected early with a pressure test and internal eye structure inspection during a comprehensive eye exam, glaucoma can be easily managed with various medications and prescription eye drops, preserving the optic nerve and the patient’s sense of sight.
Too often, patients with advanced cases of glaucoma visit an eye doctor due to noticeable eye pain and vision loss. This damage, however, is irreversible. By scheduling regular comprehensive eye exams with one of our optometrists, you can ensure early detection and treatment of glaucoma and other eye diseases which are only effectively treated in early stages.