The New York State Optometric Association emphasizes the importance of comprehensive eye exams during National Glaucoma Awareness Month in January.
Glaucoma is a complex disease that leads to damage to the optic-nerve fibers, resulting in progressive and irreversible vision loss. Peripheral vision deteriorates, and in later stages can reduce visual acuity.
Glaucoma is the second-leading cause of blindness in the Unites States. Early detection and treatment is critical to maintain healthy vision. Glaucoma can strike without pain or other symptoms.
Glaucoma is not preventable but is treatable; regular comprehensive eye exams play a primary role in successful outcomes for patients.
My glaucoma patients are seen every three to four months for eye-pressure evaluation and have visual field testing every two years. This testing is crucial in detecting signs of advancement of glaucoma.
Anyone can be at risk for developing glaucoma. Factors such as age, race and genetics can increase one's risk. Glaucoma cannot be prevented, but annual eye exams can reduce one's risk of blindness.
Dr. RALPH J. LAMBERTO, O.D.
Lamberto Eye Associates