Whether you realize it or not, there are a lot more serious things that can go wrong with your eyes than visual acuity deficits such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism and presbyopia. One particularly dangerous affliction is glaucoma — a constellation of diseases that are generally characterized by elevated pressure inside the eye (a.k.a. “intraocular pressure”). Indeed, coming in just behind cataracts — or clouding of the eye lens — glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness worldwide today. Fortunately, though, medical science has advanced enough to be able to deal with a large proportion of glaucoma cases, provided patients receive prompt attention. That’s why the vision experts here at the Maplewood therapeutic optometrist practice of Maplewood Vision Care always conduct comprehensive eye exams that include glaucoma screening as well as the familiar visual acuity screenings.
What makes glaucoma an especially scary condition is that it quite often starts doing irreversible damage to your eyes before you even notice symptoms. In fact, by the time you do start to feel pain or become aware of vision changes, it’s usually impossible to recover what’s been lost. This is why it’s so important to get your eyes checked out by our Maplewood therapeutic optometrist at least every two years. What does a glaucoma test at Maplewood Vision Care involve? Thanks to technology, all you have to do is look into a binocular viewfinder for a minute or so. Each eye will receive a gentle puff of air, and (amazingly) computerized instrumentation will be able to measure how much your eyes give in response to the air hitting them. You doctor will analyze this information and let you know if your eye pressure is too high. If it is, you’ll be treated.
Yes, we understand you’re busy and that making it to an eye appointment can be a challenge. Still, we here at Maplewood Vision Care are pretty confident that you think preserving your vision is worth the relatively small time commitment. Plus, with our new online schedule-maker, making an appointment with our Maplewood therapeutic optometrist is easier than ever. Don’t put your sense of sight at risk any longer. Set up a comprehensive eye exam today!