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Glaucoma is a silent eye disease, meaning that the only symptoms for most people is a reduction in visual clarity. Regular testing at Golden Vision in Cupertino and Milpitas with our eye doctor can help catch this eye disease in the early stages.
In order to understand glaucoma, it is important to understand some of the features of the eye. The front part of your eye contains the iris, lens, cornea and pupil. The place where the iris and cornea come together is known as the angle, and it is an open area that allows fluid to drain through a meshwork structure from the anterior chamber. When the anterior chamber does not drain correctly, the excess fluid buildup can put pressure on your optic nerve.
There are two types of glaucoma, including open-angle and narrow-angle. Open-angle occurs when the fluid inside the anterior chamber drains too slowly, but the “angle” of the eye where the fluid drains appears normal. Narrow-angle occurs when the “angle” becomes blocked or partially closed.
There are typically no symptoms associated with this eye disease other than progressive vision loss that starts at the edges of your vision and moves inward. However, if the pressure increase is sudden or severe, you may notice halos, eye redness, pain and nausea. If you experience any of these symptoms, you should seek emergency medical care.
Here at our at our Cupertino and Milpitas optometry clinics, our eye doctors, Dr. Teresa Wu and Julia Wen, can diagnose the cause of your increased eye pressure and recommend treatments. Julia Wen is a proud member of the Santa Clara Optometric society as well as the California Optometric Association. Dr. Teresa Wu’s experience includes time spent at Illinois College of Optometry as an instructor ad providing low vision care for veterans at the Palo Alto veterans’ hospital.
With their vast experience in primary eye care, our eye doctors can perform a comprehensive eye exam at our eye care center and test your eyes for increased eye pressure, which generally involves blowing a puff of air into your eye via a specialized machine or numbing your eyes and touching a small pen-like device to each eye.
If the eye pressure in your eyes is high and damaging your optic nerve, we will recommend a treatment option to lower the pressure. Common treatment options include medications or eye drops that are designed to either slow fluid production or increase drainage from the anterior chamber of your eye.
In some instances, you may need laser or conventional surgery to help increase the rate at which your anterior chamber drains. If you need surgery, our optometrists can provide a referral.
To schedule an appointment with our eye doctor in Golden Milpitas, call us at 408-432-8101. To schedule an eye exam at our Cupertino eye care center, call us at 408-996-9886.
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