Glaucoma Management in Smithfield, RI

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Don’t Let Glaucoma Take Your Vision Away

Glaucoma develops slowly and may not cause any symptoms at all. So your best bet to spot this disease is to get comprehensive eye exams regularly. We want to identify the condition before it causes permanent damage to your optic nerve.

Glaucoma is normally a progressive disease, but it can sometimes take away your eyesight very rapidly. Don’t wait to find out you have glaucoma until it’s already too late. Let our optometrists examine you and stay on top of your eye health.

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What is Glaucoma?

Glaucoma is a group of progressive eye diseases, responsible for up to 12% of all cases of blindness. It affects the optic nerve, the part of your eye responsible for sending visual data to your brain.

If your optic nerve is severely damaged, your eyes can’t communicate with your brain. And this is one of the ways that blindness can occur. It’s our job to prevent it.

Types of Glaucoma

This is the most common type of glaucoma; it occurs progressively and is generally painless. It happens when your eye doesn’t drain its nutritional fluids as effectively as it should. These leftover fluids can build up and increase your intraocular pressure.

High intraocular pressure often doesn’t cause any changes to your vision at first. But as this pressure keeps building, it can start to slowly damage your optic nerve. This damage can cause blind spots and loss of peripheral vision.

Your eye naturally contains a fluid called aqueous humor. This fluid has to be drained by a structure in your eye called the trabecular meshwork. This structure sits between the iris and the cornea and requires clear drainage angles to function correctly.

But if the drainage angles start to close, the aqueous humor can’t be drained. This leads to a sudden and rapid increase in pressure that can cause:

  • Blurry Vision
  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Severe eye pain
  • Halos appearing around lights

This is a medical emergency that requires immediate action. Please contact us if you experience any of these symptoms.

How We Diagnose Glaucoma

Glaucoma can pose a severe risk of blindness, so the best course of action to prevent vision loss is an early diagnosis. Our eye exams for adults and seniors help us identify the first signs of glaucoma and can prevent the disease from doing any more damage.

Monitoring Eye Pressure

Glaucoma is primarily diagnosed by measuring the pressure in the eyes in a procedure called tonometry. We offer the gold-standard method of tonometry, called the Goldmann Applanation Tonometer (GAT). Another option is the iCare tonometer, a more modern technique that doesn’t require anesthesia and is often done relatively quickly.

Studies have shown that having diabetes increases the risk of developing glaucoma. These studies found a significant correlation between glucose levels and increased intraocular pressure, which can lead to optic nerve damage.

Diabetes is a disease that requires close monitoring, and we offer eye exams specifically tailored to keep up with diabetic eye health.

Staying Ahead of Glaucoma

What we know for sure is that an early diagnosis gives us the best chance of halting the progress of glaucoma. Our optometrists at Smithfield Eye & Optical will always check for signs of the disease during an eye exam.

Getting older means that you are more vulnerable to glaucoma, so let’s make sure we see you annually. Staying ahead of glaucoma gives us the best chance at preserving your vision and eliminating damage to your retina.

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Our Location

Our new practice is located in picturesque Greenville, just steps away from the Rally Point Racquet Club.

Our Address

600 Putnam Pike, Suite 3
Greenville, RI 02828

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