In May we celebrate Healthy Vision Awareness Month, encouraging good eye health practices, and shed light on one of the leading causes of irreversible vision loss: glaucoma. At Pendleton Eye Center, we understand the importance of educating our patients about this silent thief of sight and providing you with the tools you need to protect your vision.

What is Glaucoma?

Glaucoma is not just one eye condition but a group of diseases that damage the optic nerve, disrupting the transmission of vital information from the eye to the brain. When there’s an increase in fluid pressure within the eye, known as intraocular pressure, it can lead to the crushing of the sensitive optic nerve. This damage is often irreversible and can result in permanent vision loss.

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Types of Glaucoma:

There are four primary types of glaucoma, each with its own set of characteristics. At Pendleton Eye Center we work with you and your individual needs to help address these:

  • Open-Angle Glaucoma: This is caused by a blockage in the trabecular meshwork, accounts for the majority of glaucoma cases.
  • Angle-Closure Glaucoma: Considered a medical emergency and caused by the iris blocking part of the angle of the eye.
  • Congenital Glaucoma: Congenital glaucoma is caused by the anatomical angle of the eye that collects fluid.
  • Secondary Glaucoma: Secondary glaucoma is caused by injury, disease, or a complication of prior eye surgery.

Symptoms of Glaucoma:

Glaucoma is often called the “silent thief of sight” because it typically progresses slowly and without noticeable symptoms, until significant vision loss occurs. However, some common symptoms that patients may experience include:

  • Night vision difficulties
  • Blind spots in both eyes
  • Tunnel vision
  • Blurred vision
  • Severe eye pain and headache
  • Nausea
  • Halos around lights

Treatment Options at Pendleton Eye Center:

While there is no cure for glaucoma, Dr. Robert Pendleton, offers advanced treatment options to help manage the condition and preserve your vision. These include:

  • Laser Trabeculoplasty (ALT or SLT): A laser procedure that helps improve the flow of fluid out of the eye.
  • iStent Trabecular Micro-Bypass: A tiny implant that helps improve the eye’s natural drainage system.
  • Shunts: Small tubes implanted in the eye to help drain fluid.
  • Trabeculectomy: A surgical procedure to create a new drainage channel in the eye. (We refer to local glaucoma specialists for this treatment option.)

Schedule Your Annual Eye Exam Today!

Don’t wait until it’s too late to protect your vision. Take control of your eye health by scheduling an annual eye exam at Pendleton Eye Center. Our dedicated team is here to provide comprehensive eye care and early detection of conditions like glaucoma. Call us at (760) 758-2008 to schedule your appointment today.

Located in Oceanside, Pendleton Eye Center is your trusted partner in preserving healthy vision for years to come.