Glaucoma

Glaucoma is a complicated disease in which damage to the optic nerve leads to progressive, irreversible vision loss. It is the second leading cause of blindness.

The most common form of the disease occurs when the ocular drainage canals become clogged over time. The inner eye pressure (also called intraocular pressure, or IOP) rises when the correct amount of fluid can’t drain out of the eye. With the most common form of glaucoma, the entrances to the drainage canals are clear, and should be working correctly. However, the clogging problem occurs farther inside the drainage canals. This is like a clogged pipe below the drain of a sink.

Glaucoma Symptoms & Risks

Most people will not experience symptoms, nor will they have any early warning signs. Open-angle glaucoma can cause a gradual loss of vision if it is not diagnosed and treated. The disease develops slowly and sometimes without visible vision loss for many years. It usually responds well to medication, especially if caught early and treated.

While anyone at any age can develop glaucoma, these conditions pose a higher risk:

  • A family history of glaucoma
  • Individuals over 40 years of age
  • Diabetics
  • Individuals of African or Mediterranean descent
  • People who’ve experienced an eye injury or trauma

People of all ages are at risk for developing glaucoma, and only an eye doctor can make a diagnosis. Routine eye examinations are important to detect and identify symptoms.

Please contact us at Ecenbarger Eye Care to schedule your eye appointment today.

The doctors and staff at Ecenbarger Eye Care are excited to be seeing patients again! For your safety and peace of mind, we have instituted recommendations from the CDC to protect you from coronavirus. This includes reducing the number of people allowed in the office at the same time, disinfecting the exam rooms and common areas between each patient, and requiring masks for patients and staff. Through the duration of May, we are performing eye exams and service by appointment only. You will be required to check in from the parking lot and wait in your car until you can be ushered directly to your appointment. Reach us via our main phone line (616-532-2020) Monday-Thursday 9 AM - 4 PM and Friday 9 AM - Noon. If you need us outside of those hours, please follow the instructions on the answering machine.