What Is Glaucoma?
Glaucoma refers to a set of conditions that can damage the optic nerve, which carries visual impulses to the brain. If not treated early enough, glaucoma will often lead to vision loss and/or complete blindness. It is nearly always caused by elevated pressure within the eye from built-up fluid. Glaucoma mainly occurs in individuals beyond 60 years of age. In the beginning, glaucoma has no noticeable symptoms and is often referred to as the "silent thief." Though there is no cure for glaucoma, it may be slowed via early diagnosis and appropriate treatments. At inVision Ophthalmology Tuscaloosa, we have the most up-to-date diagnostic techniques and are extensively trained in the most innovative management techniques. If you are past 40 years of age, reach out to us at our Tuscaloosa, AL office to schedule your exam and get in control of managing your eye health.
"Great care, wisdom, and professionalism in all my visits. Attention to details has put into place early intervention treatment for my glaucoma. Thanks so much!"- C.D. / Google / Feb 26, 2022
"Dr. Bedsole is the BEST! We know that our family is getting the best eye care possible in Tuscaloosa. We have many different eye care needs in our family and she makes sure that we are taken care of at every appointment. Her office staff is very kind and helpful and are so easy to make appointments with or change appointments when needed. They always go above and beyond to make sure our eyes are healthy and we have the contacts and glasses that work for us!"- M.B. / Google / Feb 26, 2022
"They’ve taken excellent care of me and are always courteous and professional. I fully trust them with my eye health!"- C.D. / Google / Feb 19, 2022
"I first came in to contact with Dr. Bedsole through my special need brother whom I was his primary caregiver. The attention, care, patience and respect she showed him (both of us) was unlike any we have received from any other clinician!!! She used every skill as a doctor and for me as kind human being to get as accurate an assessment of his vision as possible. I became her patient as well as two of our sisters. I HIGHLY recommend her 💯."- S.B. / Google / Feb 19, 2022
"We love InVision Ophthalmology! They were so kind and helpful with all the members of our family. We have lots of eye care needs and they take great care of us. They worked with us on getting appointments that worked with our schedules. We are so grateful to have this office in Tuscaloosa!"- M.B. / Google / Feb 19, 2022
Diagnosis and Treatment for Glaucoma
All varieties of glaucoma are the result of injury to the optic nerve. Nearly always, this trauma is caused by elevated internal eye pressure from fluid buildup. In properly functioning eyes, the fluid can easily move to different areas through the trabecular meshwork. If this drainage channel gets clogged, it causes fluid retention. The multiple types and stages of glaucoma frequently have no symptoms at all in the beginning. When glaucoma starts to progress, people often first notice changes, like blind spots in their peripheral vision, blurred vision, tension headaches, and eye redness. As glaucoma progresses, symptoms may start to include pronounced glare, loss of peripheral vision, nausea, and eye discomfort.
If a glaucoma diagnosis is established, there are numerous treatments patients can use to successfully manage the condition by reducing internal eye pressure to avoid more injury to the optic nerve. Many patients who are in the first stages of the disease can often slow or stop their vision loss by managing glaucoma with specialized eye drops. For patients whose disease is further along, more extensive treatments, such as MIGS (minimally invasive glaucoma surgery) or laser therapies, can possibly improve the condition a great deal.
What are the types of glaucoma?
- Open-angle glaucoma — presents with patchy blind spots in your peripheral vision (sides) and tunnel vision
- Acute angle-closure glaucoma — eye redness, halos around lights, intense headaches, blurry vision, eye pain, nausea, and vomiting
When should I see a doctor for glaucoma?
As soon as you start to notice the signs of glaucoma like the ones listed above, you need to see a doctor — so they can examine your eyes and plan treatment early if it is determined you have glaucoma.
How many people with glaucoma go blind?
Due to the effectiveness of modern treatments like MIGS and trabeculectomies, blindness caused by glaucoma is uncommon. In the U.S., only about 5% of people with glaucoma go blind. If left untreated, however, glaucoma can cause blindness in several years.
Is MIGS surgery for glaucoma safe?
MIGS (micro-invasive glaucoma surgery), when compared to traditional glaucoma surgeries, carries a lower risk of complications like cornea swelling, double vision, low intraocular pressure (IOP), or the exposure of a drainage implant. The safety and efficacy of MIGS are a major advantage of this glaucoma treatment. While MIGS does not replace the need for traditional glaucoma surgeries, it can lower the need for more invasive surgeries.
Take Control of Glaucoma
At inVision Ophthalmology Tuscaloosa, we regularly have consultations with individuals living with glaucoma to support them in managing the disease. It’s crucial to know that getting a diagnosis and treatment in the early stages can help keep your symptoms under control. If you have glaucoma symptoms, a family history of glaucoma, or a current glaucoma diagnosis, we invite you to set up an exam at our Tuscaloosa, AL facility.
Can Eye Drops Really Help With Glaucoma?
Eye drops can resolve many problems surrounding glaucoma, although they will not always be as effective as surgery.Read
Are Annual Eye Exams Important if I Have Diabetes?
Regular eye exams are vital for those with diabetes, as elevated blood sugar levels can damage the various tissues of the eyes and cause vision loss.Read
Reasons Why You Should Not Leave Your Glaucoma Untreated
Learn how glaucoma is detected, and find out what may happen if glaucoma is not treated promptly.Read