Glaucoma is a serious chronic eye disorder that can cause damage to the optic nerve and lead to blindness.
If you have symptoms like eye pain, reduced peripheral vision, or halos around lights, you should be checked for glaucoma.
Dr. Bruce Cohen and Dr. Nancy M. Buchser in St. Louis, MO, provide accurate diagnoses and effective treatment of glaucoma.
Who Is at Risk For Glaucoma?
Anyone who is over 60, has a family history of the disease, or is nearsighted may face a higher risk of developing symptoms. Other risk factors include eye trauma, heart disease, high blood pressure, and having thin corneas.
Source: American Optometric Organization
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Bruce Cohen, MD, and glaucoma specialist Nancy M. Buchser, MD, are highly experienced in the diagnosis and treatment of ocular diseases, including glaucoma.
Don't risk permanent vision loss; if you experience a sudden change in vision or any other symptoms indicative of glaucoma, reach out to us immediately to book an exam. Or, if you are not currently undergoing regular eye exams, let our ophthalmology practice start providing the ongoing checkups you need. Schedule an appointment today either by using our online form or giving our St. Louis practice a call:
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If you are experiencing glaucoma symptoms, vision loss, or other changes in your vision, book an eye exam as soon as possible. However, even if you are not experiencing symptoms, it is extremely important to undergo regular eye exams. That's because many symptoms won't present until some irreversible vision loss has occurred.
Unless otherwise directed by an ophthalmologist, you should undergo a general eye exam:
- Every five to 10 years between the ages of 20 and 40
- Every two to four years between the ages of 40 to 54
- Every one to three years between the ages of 55 and 64
During your exam, your ophthalmologist will review your medical history and perform a number of tests:
- Tonometry: Measurement of eye pressure using a gentle puff of air, a special probe, and other tools
- Dilated Eye Exam and Imaging Tests: Assessment of the optic nerve using tools such as a slit lamp
- Visual Field Test: Detection of any changes in your visual field using a simple eye chart and other tests
- Pachymetry: Measurement of corneal thickness using ultrasound and other tools
- Gonioscopy: Assessment of drainage using a slit lamp and a special lens
How Is Glaucoma Treated?
These prescribed drops are designed to either decrease fluid production or increase drainage in order to maintain a healthy eye pressure. Eye drops are usually the first treatment that your doctor will recommend.
Less commonly, patients may be prescribed oral medications to help maintain a healthy eye pressure.
What about Medical Cannabis?
The American Academy of Ophthalmology doesn't recommend using cannabis as a treatment for glaucoma. However, glaucoma is a condition that qualifies for medical cannabis in Missouri. That means that if you have been diagnosed with glaucoma, you can register for a medical marijuana card and purchase cannabis. However, it is important to understand that cannabis doesn't come with recommended doses. As with any drug, it is best to consult a physician before you begin taking it. If you have questions about using medical cannabis as a glaucoma treatment, our doctors are open to having an honest discussion concerning the benefits, risks, and other aspects of this option.
Reducing the Risk
Following these guidelines may lower your risk of developing glaucoma or experiencing any resulting vision loss:
Undergo Regular Eye Exams
Simply put, this is the single best way to prevent glaucoma from compromising your vision. Book an appointment with our St. Louis practice today if you aren't undergoing regular exams.
Smoking can lead to high blood pressure, diabetes, and cataracts. All of these conditions can increase the risk of glaucoma.
An active lifestyle is an excellent way to maintain good cardiovascular health, which can help prevent glaucoma.
Taking time to relax is good for your heart, which is in turn good for your ocular health.
Eat a Healthy Diet
Keeping your weight and blood pressure in check through a healthy diet is an excellent means of prevention.
Take Your Meds
If you are taking prescription medication for glaucoma, make certain you are using it as directed.
Glaucoma treatments are usually covered by medical insurance. Cohen Eye Associates accepts many HMO and PPO plans, and is a participating Medicare provider. We also offer affordable financing through CareCredit® for qualifying patients. If you're unsure of your coverage, our friendly staff can answer your questions and file the appropriate forms on your behalf.
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