If you currently suffer from glaucoma, we can help you manage this condition in Cornelius.
Glaucoma refers to a group of eye disorders that can progressively damage the eye’s optic nerve. In many cases, glaucoma results in a loss of nerve tissue that can cause vision loss. If you are worried that you might have glaucoma, or you need help managing this eye condition, at Vision Center of Lake Norman, we are here to help our Cornelius, North Carolina customers.
According to the American Optometric Association, glaucoma is the second most common cause of blindness in the country. Although infants and young children can develop this eye condition, it most often develops in people who are over the age of 40. However, you might have a higher risk of developing this eye condition if:
- Many people in your family have also developed glaucoma
- You are African American and over the age of 40 or Hispanic and over the age of 60
- You suffer from chronic eye inflammation or have thinner corneas
- You regularly take medications that increase the amount of pressure that is in your eyes
What Does the Optic Nerve Do?
The optic nerve is a critical component of the eye because it carries the impulses of the retina directly to the brain, where it is then translated into images and useful information. Consisting of over one million nerve fibers, the optic nerve uses electrical impulses to direct information from the retina to the brain. It may be difficult for images to be transmitted from the eye to the brain if there is any damage to the optic nerve. It is important to visit your eye care professional for early prevention/detection of glaucoma. Generally, there are no symptoms until severe damage has already occurred.
In many cases, the early stages of glaucoma can be treated with certain medications. However, various operations can be performed to hinder this disease’s development.
Contact us at Vision Center of Lake Norman today to find out whether you are at risk for glaucoma or what we can do to help you treat this condition if you currently suffer from it. At Vision Center of Lake Norman, we are committed to doing what’s best for your eyes and to helping you maintain your vision.