Should I get checked by an eye doctor for glaucoma?

Answer the following:

  • Do you have a family history of glaucoma?
  • Do you suffer from chronic high blood pressure?
  • Do you struggle with high blood sugar?

Everyone needs to see an eye doctor for annual exams — no exceptions. If any of the above factors are true for you, however, you are at an even higher risk of glaucoma. At Key-Whitman Eye Center, our Dallas / Fort Worth Metroplex ophthalmologists offer initial consultations. Schedule yours by contacting us today, and keep reading to learn about the services we offer our patients.

What is glaucoma?

A person who suffers from glaucoma is experiencing a condition that causes high pressure within the eye due to irregular fluid flow.

This high pressure can lead to serious damage to the optic nerve and even blindness. While glaucoma cannot be cured, it can be treated with prescription medications that control pressure. Surgical remedies such as selective laser trabeculectomy (SLT) may also work to halt damage and relieve the pressure within the eye that affects the optic nerve.

There are no telltale symptoms of glaucoma in its early stages. In an exam, your doctor can look at your eye pressures and optic nerve for signs of glaucoma. If necessary, your doctor can then order further testing to determine whether or not glaucoma is present. Our clinic uses advanced image capturing technology called optical coherence tomography (OCT) to obtain images of the optic nerve and nerve fibers.

Initial Consultations in the Dallas / Fort Worth Metroplex

At Key-Whitman Eye Center, we provide award-winning services for our valued patients, supplemented by years of experience. All of our eye doctors are board certified either by the American Board of Ophthalmology or the American Board of Optometry.

For more information about our treatment options for glaucoma, contact us at 214.220.3937 to schedule your eye exam at one of our 9 office locations.

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