Glaucoma Testing Kissimmee
After cataracts, glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness worldwide. Glaucoma is caused by a number of different eye issues that result in gradual vision loss due to damage to the optic nerve. Though high eye pressure is a risk factor for glaucoma, glaucoma may also occur in the presence of normal eye pressure. There are two main types of glaucoma in adults: primary open-angle glaucoma and closed-angle glaucoma. Open-angle glaucoma is the most common form and occurs when the pressure inside the eye rises because of fluid backup. Over time, as this pressure builds up, it damages the optic nerve and results in permanent and irreversible vision loss. Closed-angle glaucoma is more rare and occurs when the drainage canals of the eye get blocked causing a rapid increase in pressure inside the eye. According to research and your Kissimmee eye doctor at Optical Images, individuals at high risk for glaucoma should have a dilated pupil eye examination at least every two years. Our doctors use several tests to detect glaucoma and these tests are much more thorough and reliable than what is known as a glaucoma screening.
Since many cases of glaucoma go unidentified and untreated, attempts have been made to create effective screenings for glaucoma, and these screenings are often conducted by laypersons and students. Though there are methods to test for glaucoma, glaucoma screenings have for the most part been ineffective and inaccurate in detecting the disease. In addition to having low specificity and sensitivity, glaucoma screenings are problematic because they may unintentionally stop people from seeking comprehensive eye exams by our Kissimmee eye doctor. The intention of glaucoma screenings is to identify those with glaucoma who may not be under the care of an eye doctor, though we know from research and statistics that the screening methods do not meet published quality standards. A general screening may detect glaucoma but they are simply not inclusive enough to show other eye conditions that need to be diagnosed and treated by an eye doctor, such as refractive error, cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, etc. Just be aware that a Glaucoma Screening is not a comprehensive eye exam and lacks the follow up that would occur after glaucoma signs are detected with Kissimmee eye care. When full and proper testing is conducted, like the exams offered at Optical Images, not only can glaucoma be caught early on, but other vision threatening conditions as well, enabling you to get the proper treatment and dental care you need.
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Kissimmee Vision care
Led by Kissimmee eye doctor James M. Poloncak, OD, Optical Images is a patient-centric eye care facility offering a range of quality services. At our office, we conduct comprehensive eye exams. Such exams, which should be scheduled regularly, allow us to consistently monitor the health of your eyes in an effort to preserve the quality of your vision and address any problems that may have developed. Our goal is to take a proactive approach to the health of your eyes, so that you can avoid further complications in the future. Eye conditions are treated successfully when they are identified early, before symptoms show up. In addition to our eye exams, we offer a wide selection of quality eyewear, including designer frames, sunglasses, and eyewear designed specifically with athletes in mind. If you are going to be wearing glasses to correct your vision, you are almost definitely going to be wearing them often, so it’s important that you pick out the right pair for you. At our practice, we will help you do so. However, if you are more interested in contact lenses, we offer those as well, and will make sure that you get a pair that fits your eyes perfectly.
The importance of finding a quality eye doctor can’t be overstated. Dr. Poloncak understands this, which is why he strives to be the best Kissimmee eye doctor his patients can find. At Optical Images, he leads our team with the goal of making sure all patients receive the strongest eye care possible. After all, when it comes to the health of your eyes, you should accept nothing less than the best.