Know if you are at Risk for Glaucoma
It is essential to have regular eye exams to protect yourself against vision loss from glaucoma, especially if you are in any of these higher risk groups:
- African-Americans over age 40.
- Everyone over age 60, especially Mexican-Americans.
- People with a family history of glaucoma.
Why is it important to know if you are at risk?
Because early detection and treatment is the best way to manage your glaucoma. Prescription eye drops, used daily, may be all that you need to keep your eyes healthy. A lifetime of good vision is our goal.
Don’t wait for a change in vision to schedule an eye exam.
Many people who are in the early stages of glaucoma are unaware of their condition, because there usually are no noticeable symptoms. When vision loss becomes noticeable, the disease has progressed, and may have caused irreversible damage.
“The Silent Thief of Sight”
Glaucoma is known as the “Silent Thief of Sight” because it can steal away your vision without any warning signs. Increased eye pressure from glaucoma causes damage to the optic nerve, which carries images to the brain. If left untreated, glaucoma will lead to blindness. Although there is no cure, medications and surgery can help slow the disease’s progression.
Care and Treatment of Glaucoma
Dr. Scott provides expert care with routine checks on the health of the optic nerve and eye pressure. He also performs regular visual field tests as a means of monitoring changes in peripheral vision. If prescription eye drops are not sufficient to treat your glaucoma, in-office laser treatment may be an option. In some cases, surgery may be required.
We care about our patients and strive to give you the information you need to preserve your vision and keep your eyes healthy. If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate! Contact our office for a complete eye exam 973-674-1070.
For more detailed information visit our website www.wjscottmd.com, or go to the Glaucoma Research Foundation GRF.