Glaucoma Specialist

Eyecare Leaders

Optometry located in Fuqua & Pearland, TX

Did you know that glaucoma is one of the most common causes of blindness? The expert team of optometrists at Eyecare Leaders in Fuqua, Houston, and Pearland, Texas, specializes in treating this disease to slow down and even stop its progression. If you have concerns about glaucoma, schedule an appointment to get the expert care you need. Call or book an evaluation online today.

Glaucoma Q&A

What is glaucoma?

Glaucoma is a group of eye disorders damaging your eye’s optic nerve. Open-angle glaucoma is the most common type where your eye appears healthy, but it doesn’t drain properly, resulting in fluid buildup.

Acute angle-closure glaucoma causes fluid to build up quickly at the entrance of your eye, causing a painful increase in pressure. Call the team at Eyecare Leaders immediately if you experience symptoms of nausea, blurred vision, severe headache, or intense eye pain. 

Although less common, other types of glaucoma exist, as well. No matter what type of glaucoma you have, visit the team of expert optometrists at Eyecare Leaders for an evaluation of your condition. They have the expertise to provide you with excellent treatment and care.

Who is at risk for glaucoma?

Risk factors for developing glaucoma include:

  • Being 40 years old and above
  • Having a family history of glaucoma
  • Being nearsighted or farsighted
  • Health issues, such as diabetes, hypertension, or low blood pressure
  • Previous trauma to the eye
  • Extremely thin corneas and optic nerve

If you fall into the category of any of the above, the team at Eyecare Leaders can monitor you for signs of glaucoma during your appointments.

What are the symptoms of glaucoma?

In the early stages of glaucoma, you won’t notice any obvious signs. However, as the disease progresses and the damage begins to compound, you can develop blind spots in your peripheral vision. Still, you won’t see these spots until your optic nerve has become severely damaged.

If you visit your provider routinely, they can detect signs of glaucoma during your comprehensive eye exam, even if you don’t notice symptoms. That’s why it’s important to keep your routine checkups with the team at Eyecare Leaders.

How is glaucoma treated?

Treatment for glaucoma depends on the severity of your condition. Available options include:

Eye drops

Eye drops can lower your eye pressure.

Oral medication

The team can recommend oral medication to reduce the amount of fluid your eye produces.

LASIK surgery

This procedure can lower your eye pressure and remove excess tissue, as needed. 

The team creates an effective plan to minimize your symptoms and slow down glaucoma progression as much as possible. The right approach can also help you avoid vision loss.

To find out if you have glaucoma, call the practice or book your appointment online today.