In the United States, glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness, and there are often no warning signs. Michael Matthews, OD specializes in diagnosing and treating women, men, and children with glaucoma at Midway Optometry in Loma Portal, San Diego. Regular eye exams are the best way to prevent glaucoma since symptoms rarely occur until the disease is already progressing. As such, schedule an eye exam using the online system or call the office (it’s located just minutes from the airport). We serve patients in the surrounding San Diego area including Point Loma and Loma Portal
Glaucoma is an eye disease that progressively damages your optic nerve.
Your optic nerve is the nerve that connects your eyeball to your brain. If the nerve is damaged, you could end up with blurry vision, blind spots, or difficulty seeing areas of peripheral vision. Glaucoma can lead to permanent blindness without treatment.
In the early stages of glaucoma, you usually don’t notice any symptoms. That’s why regular eye exams are the only way to determine the health of your optic nerve and if you have signs of glaucoma. In most cases, the cause of glaucoma is unknown, but there’s a correlation between increased eye pressure and developing this disease.
Anyone can get glaucoma, but the following risk factors increase your risk:
It’s essential to have a regular eye exam, so Dr. Matthews can perform glaucoma screening. If you have any of these risk factors, it’s even more important to have regular eye exams and glaucoma screenings. Although damage to your optic nerve and vision loss is irreversible, early treatment for glaucoma can stall its progression.
Dr. Matthews performs several tests to determine your overall eye health and specific testing for any indication of glaucoma, including:
Dr. Matthews and the team at Midway Optometry use state of the art equipment and procedures with your comfort in mind at all times. Glaucoma testing doesn’t hurt in any way, and the team explains each test to you before performing it, so you'll understand what’s happening.
Dr. Matthews develops a comprehensive treatment plan based on your individual needs. Treatment options may include prescription eye drops to decrease the pressure in your eyes.
You may respond well to laser therapy. This procedure reduces the amount of fluid that builds up in your eye, which is typical with glaucoma. In more severe cases, Dr. Matthews may recommend glaucoma surgery.
If it’s been a while since you’ve had an eye exam, or you have any of the risk factors for glaucoma, call the office or schedule an appointment online at your earliest convenience.