Eye Care in Aspen Hill
At Quality Optical of Olney, our optometrist recommends getting your eye care in Aspen Hill
checked annually to help detect any early symptoms of eye disease or eye conditions. Oftentimes, many people do not realize they have any debilitating eye disease such as glaucoma or cataracts until the disease has already progressed too far and their eyesight has been affected.
Glaucoma is an eye condition caused by pressure buildup within the eye. It is usually inherited and happens to people who are in their later stages of life. The condition causes damage to the optic nerve of the eye and progresses over time until eventual blindness happens. The increase of intraocular pressure often does not create any vision loss at first or pain, which is why it’s important to schedule an annual appointment for eye care in Aspen Hill
each year to test for these conditions. Those who are over the age of 40 and who have a family history of glaucoma should be tested yearly at least once or twice a year. Eye fluid can cause buildup of pressure and not circulate properly, causing early detection to be key. Normally the eye fluid flows in and out of the channels of the eye, but if it becomes blocked, glaucoma may be suspected.
Other less common causes of glaucoma include injury to the eye, eye infection, severe blockage and inflammation or sometimes eye surgery can even be a culprit. The condition usually happens in both eyes but can be found in just one. There are two different kinds of glaucoma, open-angle glaucoma and angle-closure glaucoma. Both are characterized by poor drainage in the eye. Certain cultures are at increased risk for glaucoma, those over the age of 40 or who have a family history, have diabetes or who take certain types of steroids. Treatment includes eye drops, laser surgery, or microsurgery for best results. Surgery can help increase the flow of liquids within the eye or eliminate any blockages happening. Medications are usually tried first before surgery is given as an option. Infants who are born with glaucoma congenitally are usually treated with surgery to immediately correct the drainage system.
Quality Optical of Olney
3404 Olandwood Court
Olney, Maryland 20832
By Quality Optical
July 21, 2016