Accent Vision Specialists

Optometric Physicians & Dry Eye Disease Specialists located in Santa Fe, NM

Glaucoma affects over 3 million Americans and is a leading cause of blindness in adults. Many people don’t realize they have glaucoma because its effects are gradual and you might not notice anything until it’s become an advanced condition. At Accent Vision Specialists, Dwight Thibodeaux, OD, and Paul Tachau, OD, offer comprehensive examinations and tests to diagnose glaucoma early and prevent any further loss of your vision. Call the Santa Fe, New Mexico, office to make an appointment for an eye exam today.

Glaucoma Q & A

What is glaucoma?

Glaucoma is a group of diseases that damage the optic nerve, the primary transmitter of visual messages from your eyes to your brain. 

As the damage gets worse, you start to develop blind spots in your field of vision. If it goes untreated, glaucoma can result in permanent vision loss, even complete blindness.

How do you test for glaucoma?

Glaucoma is often referred to as the silent thief of sight because it has no symptoms until the disease is far advanced. It’s important to get your eyes tested regularly, especially after the age of 35. Other risk factors that increase your chances of developing glaucoma are:

  • Family history
  • Existing medical conditions such as diabetes and hypertenison
  • Being Hispanic, Asian, or Black
  • Bad eyesight

If these apply to you and you’re at high risk of developing glaucoma, you need to be tested every year.

The providers at Accent Vision Specialists use the latest in glaucoma diagnostics and have years of experience treating the disease.

Treating glaucoma preserves your remaining vision, but it won’t restore sight already lost to the disease. It’s important to get regular eye exams so your provider can catch the disease early and start treatment. Your provider can prescribe one or more of the following treatments:

Glaucoma drops

Medicated eye drops lower the pressure in your eyes and are the most common way to treat glaucoma.

Oral medication

Like eye drops, oral medication also lowers the pressure in your eyes but orals are usually a short term therapy.

LASER therapy

A LASER can be used to relieve the pressure in your eye by improving the drainage or movement of the fluid or altering the tissue that produces the fluids.

Since mild glaucoma often doesn’t have any visible symptoms, you might forget to take your medication or wonder why you need LASER therapy, but it's very important to manage the pressure in your eye before you suffer permanent vision loss.

For a detailed understanding of all available treatments, call the office to make an appointment at Accent Vision Specialists today.

Surgical intervention

Many new, safe surgical techniques are now offered to control glaucoma that is unresponsive to either medication or LASER treatments. Your eye doctor can educate you about these options if necessary.