Many people believe Glaucoma is a problem of the elderly but the truth is that Glaucoma can affect anyone. Glaucoma can have devastating effects to the vision of the patient if not diagnosed and treated in a timely manner.
The eye is composed of two compartments, with the larger of the two filled with a gel-like substance known as the vitreous humor. This helps the eye maintain its shape and size (roughly that of a ping pong ball) and transmits light to the back wall of the eye. The smaller “front” compartment is likewise filled with a liquid called the aqueous humor. This liquid carries nutrients to the eye and ferries waste away from it.
The aqueous humor flows from behind the iris and through the pupil of the eye filling the front chamber and then back out again through a drainage hole covered in a mesh like material and into a canal. About 90 to 95 percent of people who have glaucoma are experiencing a problem with this drainage system, but as there is no visual blockage or problem, no one knows what causes glaucoma. It could be that the fine mesh covering the drainage area loses the ability to allow proper drainage of this fluid.
Glaucoma generally develops slowly, over time. However, a rare, more acute form of the problem can develop suddenly if the iris closes the drainage canal. This is painful and will require treatment immediately.
A doctor can examine your eye and determine the treatment most suitable to your condition using a specialized instrument called a tonometer, which measures pressure inside the eyeball. Some tonometers will blow a puff of air to determine eye pressure, but others will have to touch the eye to make the same diagnosis.
In order to prevent vision loss from glaucoma, an early diagnosis and treatment is a must. Vision can be preserved if it is caught and treated before too many nerves have been destroyed by the increased pressure in the eye. Usually, treatment will be in the form of eye drops that can reduce the pressure in the eye, though it may be necessary to have surgery to open or repair the drainage canal in the eye.
Although the causes of glaucoma are not completely understood, if it is caught and treated early enough, vision can be protected in many cases.
Saving money is beneficial when purchasing new contact lenses. As a result, consumers may decide to search for the latest deals online from discount companies. However, this does not guarantee that the lenses are the right fit and quality.
Purchasing contact lenses from your local eye doctor in Jacksonville, Florida, is the best option to guarantee the quality and accuracy of the contact lenses. The following are a few reasons why contact lenses should be purchased through your optometrist.
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Delicious and chalk-full of health benefits for the eyes, you’d be surprised at how your favorite fruits and vegetables can improve your eye health. Many people do not realize that what is consumed can have an effect on the health of the eyes. There are certain foods that when eaten can actually improve the health of the eyes over time. Foods that are filled with lutein, vitamins A, B, C, and E, are especially known to be incredibly beneficial.
The following foods are considered to be some of the best natural methods in maintaining and improving the health of the eyes.
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It is one question you should always be expected to answer when you visit an eye care professional for the first time, “Do you have any history of head trauma?”
Ever wonder why? Well, the fragile condition of the eyes makes trauma related with any amount of shock to the head. The incident in question could be as simple as a slip and fall or being involved in a serious car collision.
In terms of the visual effect of a head injury, there are numerous parts of the eye that could be effected by what you thought was a simple bump on the head.
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Quality eye care is crucial to maintaining good eyesight. That is why you should always do good research when choosing the right optometrist. Out of the many eye doctors in Jacksonville, FL, Valuvision offers quality eye examinations, treatment for all different eye conditions, and prescriptions for glasses or contacts. Read more »
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When soft contact lenses do not correct a patient’s vision to an acceptable point and they have a moderate degree of astigmatism, rigid gas permeable(or RGP) lenses are a much better option. First and foremost, any patient suspected of having keratoconus, and not simply astigmatism, should have a mapping of the corneal surface done, which is a corneal topography. This locates all of the irregular areas on the front of the eye which would prevent a contact lens from fitting well. Knowing where these areas are is crucial for the doctor to design a contact lens to properly fit the patient’s eyes. Read more »
Lately, you hear a lot about new “wonder” foods and supplements that are beneficial to our health. This month I’d like to discuss a new supplement we are offering in our offices that directly correlates with two major eye diseases, glaucoma and macular degeneration.
Most of us take a multivitamin recommended to us by our primary care physician. Unfortunately, not all vitamins are created equal. Not all vitamins get absorbed by our bodies and are thus released. We get a lot of vitamins from the foods that we eat, which is why it is so crucial to Read more »
Finding a good eye doctor is the responsibility of every parent. Finding an experienced and board certified eye doctor has never been easier with several convenient Valuvision Eye Care locations in Jacksonville and Orange Park FL. As your child grows and gets ready for school, eye doctors can check your child’s eyes for eye movement skills, focusing skills, near vision, distance vision, peripheral vision and hand-eye coordination. That is a huge order Read more »
Valuvision and out team of highly trained and board certified optometrists have been treating glaucoma patients in Jacksonville for almost 40 years. We use state of the art equipment and give each patient a thorough and comprehensive eye exam to help diagnose glaucoma.
Some facts about Glaucoma:
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