The Silent Thief of Sight: Are you at Risk?

glaucoma diagnosisCould you use a glaucoma diagnosis test?

From babies to senior citizens, everyone is at risk for glaucoma. It’s the second leading cause of blindness in the world and there is currently no cure. What’s worse is there may be no symptoms to warn you! It is estimated that over 2.2 million Americans have glaucoma but only half of these know they have it.

Those with the highest risk are identified by their doctors as glaucoma suspects. Most of these suspects will never have glaucoma damage. The key is to decide who to treat among the suspects. Your doctor will conduct a risk analysis based on your exam as well as your family history.

Indicators of Glaucoma Risk

  • patients with ocular hypertension
  • having a blood-relative with glaucoma
  • being myopic (near-sighted)
  • having a thin cornea
  • African-American ethnicity

If you are a glaucoma suspect, deciding on whether to move forward with preventative treatment can be a difficult decision. But there is no wrong answer. Life expectancy is also part of the equation. If you have significant risk and are relatively young, your chance of developing damage from glaucoma is greater, and treatment makes more sense. Treatment or not, suspects need detailed monitoring of disc and field every year.

New Test Identifies Glaucoma up to 5 Years Earlier than Traditional Testing.

The Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) is a new advanced examination in glaucoma diagnosis. A no-touch scanning laser provides a color coded thickness map of the nerve fiber layer and the optic nerve itself. The OCT is quickly becoming the gold standard in the evaluation and monitoring of glaucoma. The Corrective Eye Center performs this test at both our Downtown Cleveland and Euclid offices. Please call 216-574-8900 to schedule an appointment.

At Corrective Eye Center we care about you and your eye health. We are offering free eye screenings for Northeast Ohio residents every Thursday. During the 10-minute eye screening, one of our eye technicians will perform a visual acuity test as well as measure the pressure inside of your eyes. Although these brief screenings cannot and should not be used to in place of a comprehensive eye exam, it can detect abnormal ranges which help determine if you should be seen by an ophthalmologist for further testing and official diagnosis. Visit our eye health screening page, and sign up a free screening!

To schedule an appointment with one of our Cleveland, Independence, Rocky River or Euclid, Ohio eye doctors, call 216-574-8900 or request an appointment today!