What to Expect from Your Glaucoma Eye Care Exam
Dr. Seaborn Hunt has served The Villages and Ocala, FL for a number of years with extensive experience in glaucoma treatment.
What should you expect during your eye care evaluation?
During your glaucoma evaluation, Dr. Hunt will:
- Measure your intraocular pressure (tonometry)
- Inspect the drainage angle of your eye (gonioscopy)
- Evaluate whether or not there is any optic nerve damage (ophthalmoscopy)
- Test the peripheral vision of each eye (visual field testing, or perimetry)
Photography of the optic nerve or other computerized imaging may be recommended. Some of these tests may not be necessary for everyone – Dr. Hunt will develop a customized eye care plan for each patient depending on their individual eye care needs. These tests may need to be repeated on a regular basis to monitor any changes in your condition.
Treating Glaucoma: Eye Care and Eye Surgery
As a rule, damage caused by glaucoma cannot be reversed – it is important to stay on top of your eye care exams in order to treat glaucoma before serious damage has occurred. Lowering eye pressure is the only proven way to treat glaucoma.
Eye drops, laser surgery and surgery in the operating room are used to lower eye pressure and help prevent further damage to your vision. In some cases, oral medications may also be prescribed.
With any type of glaucoma, periodic examinations are very important to prevent vision loss. Because glaucoma can progress without your knowledge, Dr. Hunt may need to make periodic adjustments to your eye care treatment plan.
Eye Care Medications
Glaucoma is usually controlled with eye drops taken daily. These medications lower eye pressure, either by decreasing the amount of aqueous fluid produced within the eye or by improving the flow through the drainage angle.
Never change or stop taking your medications without consulting ophthalmologist – with years of experience in Ocala and The Villages, Dr. Hunt has long-standing relationships with the area’s local pharmacies. If you are about to run out of your medication, Dr. Hunt will have your prescription refilled with no disruption to your eye care treatment plan.
Glaucoma medications can preserve your vision, but they may also produce side effects. You should notify your ophthalmologist if you have any of the following side effects:
- Stinging or itching within your eyes
- Red eyes or redness of the skin surrounding the eyes
- Changes in pulse or heartbeat
- Changes in energy level