There is presently no cure for glaucoma. For this reason, detection and prevention are paramount in preserving one's quality of life. Dr. Christian is an expert in this field, frequently called upon to lecture and consult with fellow ophthalmologists around the country. As such, he is the perfect candidate to ensure rapid detection and effective prevention of glaucoma.
High eye pressure alone does not mean you have glaucoma. These risk factors are all considered when detecting the disease:
- Elevated eye pressure
- Family history of glaucoma
- Past injuries to the eyes
- Steroid use
- A history of severe anemia or shock
Beyond a thorough review of your medical history, Dr. Christian can use highly sensitive medical equipment to get a full spectrum examination of your eyes.
The tonometer measures pressure in your eye. You will be given numbing eye drops while sitting on a reclining chair. Your chin and forehead will be supported to insure no movement while the test is being performed. The tonometer, basically a plastic prism, will be moved so it just barley touches your cornea to measure your eye pressure. It’s a very quick and painless but important test.
The pachymeter measures central corneal thickness (CCT) and operates much like the tonometer. CCT is important to the proper evaluation of the tonometer readings. They work together to get the most accurate pressure reading possible.
Visual Field Test
Visual field is an important measurement that determines the extent of damage to your optic nerve. In glaucoma, the peripheral vision is most commonly affected first. This test involves looking at a concave computer screen and pressing a buzzer every time you see a light flash. Dr. Christian will then get details of your reaction time to analyze with regard to glaucoma.
Using an instrument called an ophthalmoscope, Dr. Christian can look directly through your pupil at the optic nerve. From this he can see the exact condition of the optic nerve, including any damage that has occurred. This is the most important technique in diagnosing and monitoring glaucoma.
Prevention of glaucoma is the most important thing you can do. Also, when you have no signs of glaucoma but have one of the above risk factors, prevention is in your best interest. Remember, glaucoma at its later stages causes irreversible damage so timely prevention is something to seriously consider.
There are very simple things you can do right now to help prevent glaucoma.
Get regular eye care
Ask Dr. Christian for the correct screening schedule for your eyes. Everyone is different and he’ll work with you to determine what’s best.
Treat elevated eye pressure
Glaucoma eye drops can greatly reduce the risk of elevated eye pressure turning into glaucoma. Dr. Christian can prescribe the appropriate medication for your situation.
A regular program of moderate exercise will improve your overall health and studies have shown that regular exercise can lower the pressure in your eyes.
Protect your eyes
Injuries to your eyes while engaged in sports activities, physical work or home improvement projects can result in traumatic glaucoma and secondary glaucoma. Safety first!
Please call our office today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Christian. Working together, you can detect and treat any eye condition.