Annual eye exam sleuths out glaucoma
January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month, a good time to raise awareness about a disease that affects 3 million Americans and is the second-leading cause of blindness in the world.
Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases that gradually steal sight without warning and without pain by damaging the optic nerve, which carries images from the eye to the brain.
Though the most common forms primarily affect middle-aged and elderly patients, glaucoma can affect a person of any age. People of African, Asian or Hispanic descent also may be at a higher risk for the disease, which is why an annual eye exam is crucial to detect the disease early and assign treatment.
When you visit Lake Oswego Vision Clinic, we will determine if you are at risk for glaucoma, including such factors as age, heredity and other conditions such as diabetes.
Our optometrists will examine your optic nerve and your eye pressure. We will screen your eyes and create 3-D diagnostic images using an Optomap retinal scanner – or for those at higher risk, a state-of-the-art Cirrus OCT.
Though there is no cure yet for glaucoma, medication or laser surgery can slow or prevent further vision loss.
The National Eye Institute projects the number of Americans with glaucoma will reach 4.2 million by 2030, a 58 percent increase.
Make time for your eye health and call Lake Oswego Vision Clinic today. We have the expertise and the technology to provide optimal eye care and peace of mind.
Lake Oswego Vision Clinic
15480 Boones Ferry Road.
Lake Oswego, OR