Frequently Asked Questions About Glaucoma
Being diagnosed with glaucoma can be an overwhelming and emotional experience for many. To prevent the disease from worsening, our team at Eye Group in Madison, MS, can provide you with treatment and help you see more clearly. Before you contact us for an appointment, we invite you to keep reading to learn about some frequently asked questions, which will provide you with more insight on glaucoma!
Does glaucoma cause blindness?
While blindness does occur from glaucoma, most patients will not go blind. In fact, total blindness is a rare occurrence that only appears in around 5% of those diagnosed with the disease. However, you are more likely to slightly experience sight impairment, as it occurs in about 10% of patients. When correctly diagnosed and treated by our ophthalmologists, you can work to manage the disease
Is there a cure for glaucoma?
There is no cure for glaucoma and vision that is lost cannot be restored. However, with treatments, such as medication and surgery, such as glaucoma surgery and medication, further vision loss can be prevented. Since the disease affects the optic nerve, patients need to be monitored for any changes.
Is glaucoma hereditary?
Depending on your specific type of glaucoma, it may have been inherited. That being said, scientists are currently studying genes and how they influence glaucoma. The exact factors leading to the onset of glaucoma are not well understood as of yet and it may not be hereditary in many patients. However, those with a family history of the disease are at a higher risk for developing the disease. It’s important for your loved ones to have their eyes examined regularly and to alert their doctor that glaucoma runs in their family.
How often should I visit my ophthalmologist?
After being diagnosed with glaucoma, how often you need to visit our eye doctors depends on the progression of the condition and your treatment plan. Some may need to have their eye pressure checked every week or month until the doctor so our ophthalmologists can ensure that the disease is under control. Then, we can decide how often to return for checkups, which can range from once a year to multiple times a year.
Schedule Your Appointment Today!
Early diagnosis and treatment is important in slowing the progression of glaucoma. Our ophthalmologists will assess your condition and ensure that you receive the best possible care when you visit us here at the Eye Group in Madison, MS, located inside Madison Health Plex Performance Center. Whether you need eye surgery or a checkup, we would be happy to help. Contact us at (601) 985-9120 to schedule an appointment today!