Causes Of Glaucoma


Causes Of Glaucoma

Clear liquid, called the aqueous humor, flows in and out of the eye. This liquid is not part of the tears on the outer surface of the eye. You can think of the flow of aqueous fluid as a sink with the faucet turned on all the time.

If the drainpipe gets clogged, water collects in the sink and pressure builds up. If the drainage area of the eye - called the drainage angle - is blocked, the fluid pressure within the inner eye may increase, which can damage the optic nerve.
How is Glaucoma Detected?

Regular eye examinations by your ophthalmologist are the best way to detect glaucoma. An ophthalmologist can detect and treat glaucoma.

During a complete and painless examination, your ophthalmologist will:

  •     Measure your intraocular pressure (tonometry);
  •     Inspect the drainage angle of your eye (gonioscopy);
  •     Evaluate any optic nerve damage (ophthalmoscopy);
  •     Test the visual field of each eye (perimetry);
  •     Take specialized images of the optic nerve fiber layer (tomography);
  •     Measure the rate of aqueous outflow from the eye (tonography);
  •     Measure the corneal thickness (pachymetry).

Some of the tests may not be necessary for every person. You may need to repeat these tests on a regular basis to determine if glaucoma damage is increasing over time. To schedule your consultation, contact our greater Boston location today!

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