Glaucoma

Visioncare Associates

B.G. Shily, O.D.

Specialty Contact Lens Practice located in Beverly Hills, CA

Glaucoma and Macular Degeneration are two of the leading causes of blindness in the United States and can happen to anyone at any age, although it’s more common as you get older. B.G. Shily, OD, at Visioncare Associates in Beverly Hills, California can detect any early signs of Glaucoma and Macular degeneration with the latest state-of-the-art-diagnostic instrumentations such as OCT-Optical Coherence Tomography and VF-visual fields. Please call our office or use the online booking button to schedule a consultation to understand how the latest techniques can help you see better. See well, be well…

Glaucoma

What is glaucoma?

Glaucoma refers to a group of diseases that cause damage to your optic nerve, which is the nerve that sends the visual images to your brain. An increase in eye pressure is the most common cause of the damage.


Vision impairment caused by glaucoma doesn’t come back, which is why it’s so important to see Dr. Shily annually for your comprehensive eye exam so he can monitor your eye health and risk for glaucoma.

What are the symptoms of glaucoma?

The most common type of glaucoma, known as open-angle glaucoma, doesn’t cause symptoms, so you may not be aware of anything happening to your eye until it affects your vision.

Symptoms of other types of glaucoma may cause:

  • Blurred vision
  • Patchy blind spots or tunnel vision
  • Headaches
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Eye pain
  • Red eye

If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, call Visioncare Associates right away for an examination.

How is glaucoma detected?

Dr. Shily is able to detect glaucoma during a comprehensive eye exam. During this exam, he performs a number of tests to assess your vision and eye health.

Visual acuity

A visual acuity test assesses how well you can see details from a distance.

Visual field test

During the visual field test, Dr. Shily assesses your peripheral vision. Changes in your peripheral vision may indicate glaucoma and the need for further testing.

Dilated eye exam

To view your retina and optic nerve for damage, Dr. Shily puts drops in your eyes to dilate your pupil and then uses a magnifying tool to assess.

Tonometry

Tonometry is a test Dr. Shily uses to measure the pressure in your eye. Dr. Shily may apply a numbing agent to your eye before administering this test.

Pachymetry

A pachymetry measures the thickness of your cornea. Like the tonometry, to ease discomfort, Dr. Shily may apply a numbing agent to your eye before taking the measurement.

How is glaucoma treated?

There is no cure for glaucoma, but early detection and treatment may help slow the progression of the condition. During the early stages of glaucoma, Dr. Shily may prescribe eye drops to reduce eye pressure and optic nerve damage. If the eye drops don’t reduce the pressure enough, Dr. Shily may also prescribe oral medications

Glaucoma can also be treated with surgery to drain the fluid from your eye.

If you’re having vision issues and have concerns about glaucoma, now is the time to have it checked out. Call Visioncare Associates or use the online booking button to schedule an appointment.



To learn more about the prevention of eye diseases such as glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration (AMD), diabetic eye disease, please click the following links:

AMD: https://www.aao.org/eye-health/diseases/amd-macular-degeneration

OCT:https://www.aao.org/eye-health/treatments/what-is-optical-coherence-tomography

WebMD:https://www.webmd.com/eye-health/macular-degeneration/default.htm

Macular Degeneration: http://macularisk.com/