Bulls Eye Care
Optometrist located in South Tampa, Tampa, FL
Glaucoma can cause extensive damage to your optic nerve even before you notice any decline in visual acuity. At Bulls Eye Care in Tampa, Florida, Dennis Garcia, OD, performs eye examinations and other tests that can detect glaucoma. To set up an appointment, call Bulls Eye Care or book online today.
Glaucoma Q & A
What is glaucoma?
Glaucoma is a condition of the optic nerve, a highly sensitive nerve in the back of your eye that picks up input and transfers it to your brain to allow you to see. Usually, this is the result of a buildup of fluid pressure inside the eye, which pushes on the optic nerve and causes damage.
Which type of glaucoma do I have?
Glaucoma occurs in two main varieties, but there are a few other rare types that occur far less often than the main two. At Bulls Eye Care, Dr. Garcia performs a comprehensive eye exam and can diagnose:
Primary open-angle glaucoma (chronic)
Primary open-angle glaucoma develops gradually as your eye struggles to drain excess fluid. You might have a clogged drainage duct leading to this issue. While you won’t feel any pain from this type of glaucoma and probably won’t notice any vision changes for a long time, extensive damage from this type is irreparable.
Angle-closure glaucoma (acute)
Angle-closure glaucoma happens when your iris suddenly blocks your eye’s drainage system and results in a rapid rise in pressure within the eye. This results in what’s called an acute attack, and you should call Dr. Garcia immediately if you suddenly lose your vision or experience severe eye pain. You might also feel nauseous or have a headache.
Other less common types include congenital glaucoma, which is present from birth; secondary glaucoma, which comes in response to an injury or other eye condition; and normal tension glaucoma, which appears with no apparent cause.
How is glaucoma treated?
At Bulls Eye Care, Dr. Garcia diagnoses you with a detailed medical history, eye exam, and specialized pressure tests to measure the inner pressure of your eye. Then, he makes recommendations for treatment according to the type of glaucoma you have and its stage of advancement.
Set up your glaucoma evaluation at Bulls Eye Care by calling the office or booking online today.