Glaucoma

Glaucoma is a very serious condition in which there is abnormal pressure on the optic nerve. This can cause vision loss that will eventually lead to blindness. Fortunately, there are several types of treatment available, but it's important to be diagnosed as early as possible in order to have the most treatment options. We at Meridian Eye Care in Yankton, SD, know a lot about glaucoma. If you are experiencing glaucoma symptoms, call an eye doctor on our team.

Glaucoma

Early Signs of Glaucoma

The pressure on the optic nerve that is a hallmark of this condition can cause physical pain which can lead to bouts of nausea. Be aware that this condition can also be accompanied by severe headaches, eye pressure, and redness in and around the eyes. If you are experiencing these issues, call an eye doctor from our practice. Eye pain is a symptom that may be a sign of something serious. Even if these symptoms are not signs of glaucoma, they can be the early warning of other serious eye diseases.

Another early sign of glaucoma is the appearance of floaters or dark spots along the sides of a patient's field of vision. These dark spots are, in fact, areas where the eye can no longer process the light that it receives. This will cause the brain to interpret these areas as dark. Eventually, these dark spots will continue to increase in size, leading to tunnel-vision. 

As the optic nerve comes under pressure, it becomes more difficult for it to transmit information. The brain interprets this closer signal as blurry vision. Patients may feel as if they have a harder time focusing on stationary objects and greater difficulty tracking moving objects.

Glaucoma Treatment

Once you have been diagnosed with glaucoma, there are several treatments that are available though none of them can reverse damage already done. Glaucoma treatment can only help prevent further damage. Nearly every patient starts with eye drops to reduce the amount of fluid in the eye and lower eye pressure. There are several different types of eyes drops available, and many glaucoma patients try several types before finding one that works for them.

There are also oral medications that work to reduce eye fluid. These medications are often prescribed along with the eye drops. Finally, if no other methods work or work enough, it may be time to talk about surgery.

Contact Us for More Information about Glaucoma from an Eye Doctor or Optometrist on Our Team

If you live in the Yankton, SD, area and you're looking for an optometrist who can help diagnose and treat your glaucoma, give our office a call at (605) 665-8688 Meridian Eye Care. We would love to help you schedule an appointment.

Location

Hours of Operation

Yankton Office

Monday

9:00 am - 7:00 pm

Tuesday

9:00 am - 5:30 pm

Wednesday

9:00 am - 5:30 pm

Thursday

9:00 am - 5:30 pm

Friday

9:00 am - 5:30 pm

Saturday

Closed

Sunday

Closed

Yankton Office

Monday
9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Tuesday
9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Wednesday
9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Thursday
9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Friday
9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Saturday
Closed
Sunday
Closed