Everyone is at risk for developing glaucoma, which affects 60 million people worldwide, including 2.2 million Americans. The not-so-secret secret is to catch glaucoma early to halt vision loss and preserve your sight. So, when was your last eye exam? Treatment successfully preserves vision 95% of the time or more, especially when the condition is caught early.
What is Glaucoma?
Glaucoma is an eye condition – or more accurately a group of eye conditions – that stems from increased intraocular pressure (IOP) and damage the optic nerve, which is responsible for carrying visual signals to the brain. But what you want to know is “Can I Have Increased Eye Pressure and NOT Have Glaucoma?” The answer is Y-E-S, yes.
Ocular Hypertension: Increased Eye Pressure without Glaucoma
Normal eye pressure is 12-21 mm Hg. Anything above 21 is considered elevated.
There is a large group of people called “ocular hypertensives,” who have increased IOP, but do not suffer the optic nerve damage associated with glaucoma. However, while these individuals may not have optic nerve damage or glaucoma right now, that doesn’t mean they cannot develop these issues down the road. In fact, ocular hypertension is one of the leading risk factors of glaucoma. This is why it is important for people with ocular hypertension to receive regular examinations and visual field tests.
Currently, 4-7% of the United States population over the age of 40 is suffering from ocular hypertension.
Glaucoma Treatment in Maryland
The Anne Arundel Eye Center is a regional leader in the diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma. Led by board certified ophthalmologist Dr. Samuel Boles, AAEC offers complete ophthalmic exams, as well as diagnostic pre and post-surgical eye care.
Dr. Boles and his caring and attentive staff have helped preserve thousands of patients’ vision. They can help you too.
“I treat my patients the way I want to be treated when I see a doctor.” – Dr. Boles
If you have any questions about Glaucoma Treatment or wish to schedule an appointment with Anne Arundel Eye Center (AAEC), please contact Board Certified Ophthalmologist Dr. Samuel Boles, Dr. Kathryn Gurganus Turner, and the eye care specialists here at AAEC by calling 410-224-2010 or Click Here to fill out our contact form.
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