Glaucoma

Scott Vandenbelt, M.D. -  - Ophthalmology

Valley Eye Care, P.C.

Scott Vandenbelt, M.D.

Ophthalmology located in Bay City, MI

Getting regular eye exams is key for the longevity of your ocular health. Why? Regular visits to your eye doctor can catch glaucoma early before it begins to do permanent damage to your vision. To like to learn more about glaucoma or schedule your eye exam with Scott Vandenbelt, MD, call Valley Eye Care, P.C. in Bay City, Michigan, or make an appointment with the online scheduler.

Glaucoma Q & A

What is glaucoma?

Glaucoma is an eye condition that comes with very few early symptoms. That’s problematic because it’s characterized by damage to the optic nerve in your eye that transmits images to your brain. That damage is usually caused by pressure buildup within your eye.

It’s impossible to undo the damage caused by glaucoma, so catching it early is critical in preserving your vision. In fact, if left untreated, glaucoma can cause total blindness that is irreversible.

What causes glaucoma?

Glaucoma is characterized by an increase in the pressure inside your eye. This is caused by the buildup of the fluid that moves through your eye’s interior. This fluid is important for your eye’s functionality, but your eye can produce too much fluid or fail to drain it properly. In either case, as the fluid builds up in your eye, it increased the pressure inside your eye and impacts your optic nerve.

You may have a genetic predisposition to glaucoma. As a result, if you know anyone in your family has glaucoma, it’s important that you schedule regular eye exams.

What are the symptoms of glaucoma?

The early phases of glaucoma usually come with very few symptoms. The best way to catch it before it begins impacting your vision is to regularly visit Dr. Vandenbelt, who tests the pressure in your eye. If he detects any abnormalities, he’ll begin treating your eyes to protect them from further damage.

In its more advanced stages, the symptoms of glaucoma can include:

  • Blind spots in your vision
  • Blurred vision
  • Eye pain
  • Eye redness
  • Headaches

How is glaucoma treated?

If Dr. Vandenbelt diagnoses you with glaucoma, he starts immediate treatment with you. The goal of this treatment is to lower the pressure within your eye and prevent vision loss. That treatment may be as simple as using prescription eye drops or taking an oral medication.

Dr. Vandenbelt is committed to protecting your overall eye health. As needed, he can explore further treatment options with you, including surgery and laser treatments.

Regular, preventive eye exams are the key to protecting your vision from being permanently damaged by glaucoma. To set up your exam with Dr. Vandenbelt, call Valley Eye Care, P.C. or request an appointment online today.