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Glaucoma can cause blurry vision and make everyday tasks like driving and reading difficult. Not only that, but it can also lead to vision loss and even blindness if left untreated. At Vision Source Castle Hills in San Antonio, TX, we provide comprehensive eye exams to learn more about your condition and treatment to preserve your eyesight. Before visiting us, learn about some causes and symptoms below:


Causes of Glaucoma

Glaucoma occurs when there is damage to the optic nerve, typically due to high pressure within the eye. The exact cause of this elevated pressure can vary. Primary open-angle glaucoma, which is the most common type, develops slowly over time and is often associated with aging. Angle-closure glaucoma occurs when the drainage angle of the eye becomes blocked and leads to a sudden increase in eye pressure. Other factors such as genetics, ethnicity, family history, and certain medical conditions may also contribute to the development of glaucoma.

Symptoms of Glaucoma

Glaucoma often develops gradually and without noticeable symptoms until significant vision loss occurs. However, some signs may indicate the presence of glaucoma, such as the following:

•             Peripheral vision loss

•             Blurry vision

•             Halo around lights

•             Severe eye pain

•             Headaches

•             Nausea and vomiting

We recommend scheduling regular eye exams, as they can help our optometrist detect glaucoma early and provide prompt treatment.

Treatments for Glaucoma

While there is currently no cure for glaucoma, several treatment options are available to manage the condition and prevent further vision loss. The primary goal of treatment is to lower intraocular pressure (IOP) to a safe level. This can be achieved through medications, laser therapy, or surgery. Eye drops are commonly prescribed to decrease fluid production in the eye or improve drainage. Laser trabeculoplasty helps increase drainage through the trabecular meshwork, while surgery may be necessary to create a new drainage channel or implant a drainage device.

Contact Vision Source Castle Hills for an Appointment Today

If you're seeking glaucoma treatment, our team at Vision Source Castle Hills in San Antonio, TX, is happy to help. To learn more about our treatments or to schedule an eye exam, contact us at (210) 341-5774 today. When you’re looking for an optometrist near me, our team looks forward to assisting you!