Most routine eye exams include screenings for glaucoma.
Dr. Anthony Aker of the "Eye Center of North Florida" says during a routine eye exam doctors will do many, many of the tests which are necessary to identify anyone who has potential for glaucoma and certainly identify risk factors associated with glaucoma.
Glaucoma occurs when fluid builds-up in the eye.
The pressure slowly deteriorates peripheral vision.
It's actually a series of diseases that damage the optic nerve.
The most common type is primary open angle which can be controled when caught early.
The problem is, most people have no idea they have It.
Dr. Aker says "the thing about primary open angle glaucoma is there are no visial symptoms. There is no pain."
There is also no cure.
All doctors can do is keep it from progressing.
Without proper treatment, you could eventually go blind.
"Over a long period of time open angle glaucoma sometimes can lead to optic nerve damage and that's when you lose your vision permanently. That's the issue. It's a permanent, painless irrecoverable loss of vision" says Dr. Aker.
A proper diagnosis can save your eyesight.
You should visit your eye doctor regularly, especially if you have a family history.
African americans are 6 times more likely to develop glaucoma.
"If there is any family history or any reason we check it at least once a year and if there is a diagnosis we check these people every four to six months."
For more information on glaucoma and its treatment call any one of the eye center's locations.