When was the last time your eyes were tested for glaucoma? Glaucoma is a very common eye disease in the United States and is one of the leading causes of blindness. However, if diagnosed and treated early, glaucoma can generally be effectively treated and controlled. If you are a healthy adult, and have not had a comprehensive eye exam over the past two years, we strongly recommend that you come to our practice for Mt. Pleasant SC glaucoma testing and a comprehensive eye exam; if you have a vision problem or certain medical conditions, eye exams should be performed even more frequently.
At our practice, 3D Optometry, our expert and highly-trained optometrist is Dr. Thomas J. Mirabile. Dr. Mirabile is an expert in the area of many eye diseases and disorders, including glaucoma. During a comprehensive eye exam, you will receive a Mt. Pleasant SC glaucoma screening. This is done by measuring the intraocular pressure of your eyes with a special diagnostic tool. This test takes only seconds and is perfectly painless. If your intraocular eye pressure is found to be high, you will need to have further testing done by our eye doctor to make an accurate diagnosis of glaucoma. Glaucoma has no obvious symptoms in its early stages and many patients are totally unaware that they even have it. Once diagnosis is made treatment can begin which will generally keep the glaucoma from progressing. However, vision lost to glaucoma can never be regained so early diagnosis is critical.
Once glaucoma is diagnosed it can be easily treated if caught in the early stages. Early treatment by our doctor generally calls for use of medicated eye drops and constant monitoring of the condition. The eye drops will work to reduce the intraocular pressure. If glaucoma has proceeded to a more advanced state, the patient may require treatment by laser surgery. If this is the case Dr. Mirabile will be able to refer you to an excellent ophthalmologic surgeon who performs glaucoma laser surgery on a regular basis. In the most advanced cases regular glaucoma surgery may need to be performed to stop further progression of the disease. If you would like to meet with Dr. Mirabel for Mt. Pleasant SC glaucoma eye testing or glaucoma eye care, contact us for an appointment.