Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness globally, yet it is often preventable if detected early. Our glaucoma specialists in Tyler, TX can provide in depth exams to determine whether you have the disease. If Dr. Hooton or Dr. Smith discovers glaucoma, they will develop a treatment plan for you. Depending on the stage and severity of the disease, glaucoma may be treatable with medication and eye drops, or it may require surgery. When you meet with one of our optometric glaucoma specialists in Tyler, he will examine your eyes, explain your condition, and answer any questions you have.
There are multiple types of glaucoma, and the symptoms depend on which kind of glaucoma you have. “Open-angle” glaucoma is the most common type, and it often presents no symptoms in the early stages. Scheduling an eye exam once every one to two years can help your eye doctor catch the disease early so that we can treat it easily. Other types of glaucoma are more severe. For example, angle-closure glaucoma often presents symptoms suddenly without little warning. These symptoms include:
Angle-closure glaucoma is considered a medical emergency because permanent damage can occur within a matter of hours. If left untreated, glaucoma can result in partial or total loss of vision.
Our eye doctors perform a glaucoma test during all routine complete eye exams. Dr. Hooton or Dr. Smith will dilate your eyes to look at the optic nerve. If they suspect glaucoma, further testing will be performed, including an IOP measurement, visual field test, and retina testing.
If you have any concerns about your eye health, please contact our eye doctors in Tyler, TX today to get your eyes examined and your questions answered. We are always happy to help our patients.