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Glaucoma Diagnosis & Treatment at Dunn Loring Eye Care in Vienna

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What is Glaucoma?

Glaucoma is a disease common, and serious, enough that every single one of our eye exams includes comprehensive screenings to spot any early signs of glaucoma. Glaucoma is a disease not easily spotted by patients, and can cause permanent vision damage if it is not treated early enough.

Glaucoma is more often seen affecting older patients around or above the age of 60, but it can be detected in younger ages. The only way to effectively treat glaucoma before it affects your vision is through early detection by way of eye exams.

Types of Glaucoma

Glaucoma is an umbrella term used to describe multiple diseases which affect the optic nerve. For the most part, the disease advances when your internal eye pressure starts to rise, effectively damaging the optic nerve.

Vision loss usually starts in the peripheral, but can grow to cover all of your sight without preventative measures. While some forms of glaucoma are not caused by rising pressure inside the eye (normal-tension glaucoma), the most common forms do; namely open-angle glaucoma and closed-angle glaucoma.

Open-angle glaucoma is the most common form of the disease. The disease starts as the drainage canals responsible for funneling fluid out of your eye becoming clogged or blocked. The angle of your iris and cornea remain the same, but the clogged meshwork causes your intraocular eye pressure (IOP) to rise.

As the pressure rises, your optic nerve is permanently damaged, causing vision loss.

There are two forms of closed-angle glaucoma: acute and chronic. Both versions happen when the iris begins to bulge outward from the eye, closing the drainage angle needed to transport fluid out of the eye.

Chronic closed-angle glaucoma develops over time, much like open-angle glaucoma. These symptoms are hard to spot and often need an optometrist to know for sure if the disease is present or not.

Acute closed-angle glaucoma happens very suddenly patients can see a difference in their vision because of the rate it deteriorates. This condition is a medical emergency and requires immediate attention. Symptoms can include headaches, sudden eye or brow pain, blurred vision, nausea, or seeing rings around light sources. If you start to experience these symptoms, contact our office immediately or go to your nearest emergency room.

Treatment Options Available

If you are diagnosed with glaucoma, chances are you will be undergoing treatment for the rest of your life. There is no cure to reverse the effects of glaucoma, but your optometrist can help you manage the disease from causing more damage to your vision.

The very first step when looking for effective glaucoma treatments is booking an appointment to see your optometrist. Their advice can lead you to effective relief by way of medications, eye drops, or even laser eye surgery.

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Our Dunn Loring office is conveniently located on Avenir Place, across the street from Harris Teeter, and next to the Dunn Loring metro station.


2672L Avenir Place
Vienna, VA 22180

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