Yadkin Vision CenterThe Yadkin Valley's VisionDecisionThe "Pressure" ofEye Care: GlaucomaApproximately 50% of patients who have Glaucoma, don'tknow they have GlaucomaThat'sascary thoughtconsideringGlaucoma canimeversibly blind a patient.Glaucomais a disease of the optic nerve that slowly and painlessly decreases peripheral visionOver time, that damage accumulates and a patient can ultimately lose all peripheralvision if untreated. There are a number of different types of Glaucoma includingPrimary Open Angle (most common), Traumatic, Low Tension (low eye pressure)Juvenile, Inflammatory, and Ange ClosureRisk factors are determined during an exam including age, race, family history, eyepressure, injuries, and optic nerve health. We can determine your risk of developingGlaucoma during the course of an annual routine exam. Eye pressure is the mostcommon thing patients associate with Glaucoma. Some offices still use the "airpuffbut we at Yadkin Vision Center have abandoned that technology for more accurateand agreeable measuring techniques. Even though you may not think you have aproblem, we still screen patients of all ages in hopes of diagnosing Glaucoma early.Early treatment of Glaucoma is critical since the damage that occurs cannot berecovered.The treatmentof Glaucoma depends on the type of Glaucoma a patient has. Alltreatments have the same philosophy in mind: lowering the eye pressure. The mostcommon way to achieve this is prescribing eye drops. The drug of choice is a dropthat is taken once at night before bedtime. There are other classes of medications wecan add to the first drop to achieve a needed pressure. Halting the progression of thedisease is the ultimate goal of Glaucoma therapy. Surgery through the use of lasersor shunts can be used as an alternative treatment if drop therapy is inadequateUsually surgery is done as a last option if a patient is progressing regardless of thedrop therapy.If there is one thing that breaks my heart in my exam room, it is when I have to tella patient that hasn't been examined in a long time they are legally blind fromGlaucoma. By the time someone has had severe vision loss from Glaucomathere is very little any doctor can do for them. Please don't let thathappen to you or a loved one.All you need is an annual eyeexam to determine your risk for GlaucomaUntil next month, make the rightvision decision!ADEAST BEND336-679-2931336-699-8170DR. SCOTTyadkinvisioncenter.comGORDON

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Yadkin Vision Center The Yadkin Valley's VisionDecision The "Pressure" of Eye Care: Glaucoma Approximately 50% of patients who have Glaucoma, don'tknow they have Glaucoma That'sascary thoughtconsideringGlaucoma canimeversibly blind a patient.Glaucoma is a disease of the optic nerve that slowly and painlessly decreases peripheral vision Over time, that damage accumulates and a patient can ultimately lose all peripheral vision if untreated. There are a number of different types of Glaucoma including Primary Open Angle (most common), Traumatic, Low Tension (low eye pressure) Juvenile, Inflammatory, and Ange Closure Risk factors are determined during an exam including age, race, family history, eye pressure, injuries, and optic nerve health. We can determine your risk of developing Glaucoma during the course of an annual routine exam. Eye pressure is the most common thing patients associate with Glaucoma. Some offices still use the "airpuff but we at Yadkin Vision Center have abandoned that technology for more accurate and agreeable measuring techniques. Even though you may not think you have a problem, we still screen patients of all ages in hopes of diagnosing Glaucoma early. Early treatment of Glaucoma is critical since the damage that occurs cannot be recovered. The treatment of Glaucoma depends on the type of Glaucoma a patient has. All treatments have the same philosophy in mind: lowering the eye pressure. The most common way to achieve this is prescribing eye drops. The drug of choice is a drop that is taken once at night before bedtime. There are other classes of medications we can add to the first drop to achieve a needed pressure. Halting the progression of the disease is the ultimate goal of Glaucoma therapy. Surgery through the use of lasers or shunts can be used as an alternative treatment if drop therapy is inadequate Usually surgery is done as a last option if a patient is progressing regardless of the drop therapy. If there is one thing that breaks my heart in my exam room, it is when I have to tell a patient that hasn't been examined in a long time they are legally blind from Glaucoma. By the time someone has had severe vision loss from Glaucoma there is very little any doctor can do for them. Please don't let that happen to you or a loved one.All you need is an annual eye exam to determine your risk for Glaucoma Until next month, make the right vision decision! AD EAST BEND 336-679-2931 336-699-8170 DR. SCOTT yadkinvisioncenter.com GORDON

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