Glaucoma Specialist

Eye Care Solutions

Vishal Patel, OD

Optometrist located in Milton, GA

Glaucoma is the leading cause of irreversible blindness in the world. In its earliest phases, glaucoma has no symptoms, so regular eye health screenings are the only way to diagnose it. If you live in Milton, Georgia, or the surrounding communities, get your screenings from trusted optometrist Dr. Vishal Patel, of Eye Care Solutions. He can provide early diagnosis and management to help prevent your glaucoma from getting worse. Call the office or book online to be screened for glaucoma today.

Glaucoma Q & A

What is glaucoma?

Glaucoma causes damage to the optic nerve. It is often associated with elevated pressure in the eye, which progressively damages the optic nerve. You will first lose your peripheral vision and next if it is left untreated, your central vision. Eventually, glaucoma will cause permanent vision loss.

In cases in which elevated pressure is not the cause, it’s believed that glaucoma develops from weak regulation of blood flow to the optic nerve.

What puts you at risk of developing glaucoma?

While it’s good for you to undergo regular eye exams that include glaucoma screenings, you should make it a priority if you have a risk factor. These include:

  • Being older than 45
  • A family history of glaucoma
  • Having any type of diabetes
  • Being nearsighted or farsighted

If the thickness and rigidity of your cornea have decreased or if you’ve had an injury to your eye, you may also be at higher risk of developing glaucoma.

How is glaucoma diagnosed?

Dr. Patel can usually diagnose glaucoma before nerve damage sets in, and you start to lose vision. Several tests may be part of a glaucoma evaluation. These include:

  • Tonometry, a sensor that determines the pressure in the eye
  • Pachymetry, which measures the thickness of the cornea
  • Gonioscopy, which involves numbing your eyes and placing specialized contacts onto the surface so Dr. Patel can better view the interior of the eye
  • Ophthalmoscopy, a specialized device used to help Dr. Patel look directly into your pupil and assess the health of your optic nerve.
  • Visual field testing, which maps the visual field to detect damage to the optic nerve
  • Confocal laser scanning that provides a 3D image of the optic nerve

What is the treatment for glaucoma?

Once glaucoma has damaged your eye, it can’t be reversed. But Dr. Patel can help prevent further progression of damage.

To help manage your glaucoma, Dr. Patel prescribes individual eye drops. Other treatment options include laser surgery or conventional surgery to drain fluids that are causing increased ocular pressure on the optic nerve.

Be sure to get regular eye health screenings to detect glaucoma in its earliest stages. Call Eye Care Solutions in Milton, Georgia, or book an online appointment today.