Glaucoma FAQs

Glaucoma FAQs

Glaucoma refers to several similar conditions that impact the eye’s optic nerve, the part of your eye that sends visual signals for interpretation by your brain. When left untreated, glaucoma has the potential to cause serious vision loss and can become permanent. If you live or work in the greater Wellington area, the optometrists at Wellington Eye Care can help you manage/treat glaucoma.


It is important to note that when it comes to glaucoma (as well as other eye conditions), early detection is vital, and a routine eye exam by an eye doctor can assist you in maintaining your existing vision by controlling the condition’s progression. And while there is no cure, there are treatment options and medications to help extend/protect your vision.

How does Glaucoma Damage Your Eyesight?

Glaucoma involves the build-up of fluid inside the eye – i.e., IOP-Intraocular Pressure- although the mechanisms underlying glaucoma are not fully understood. It is known that high pressure negatively impacts the optic nerve’s functioning – and if left untreated, it is highly likely that blurry vision can evolve and become permanent vision loss.

What Are Some Common Glaucoma Symptoms?

  • Blurry vision
  • Gradual loss of your peripheral vision
  • Difficulty focusing on near or distant objects
  • Halos surrounding lights
  • Red eyes

What Are the Types of Glaucoma?

  • Primary Open-Angle refers to a condition in which the eye’s drainage channels gradually fail and cause a fluid backup. This type of glaucoma covers about 90% of glaucoma cases in the United States. The symptoms are usually subtle or mild, so an eye exam by an eye doctor may be needed for a diagnosis.
  • Angle Closure Glaucoma has rapid onset symptoms when the drainage angle narrows between the iris and cornea. The result is considered a medical emergency.
  • Normal-Tension Glaucoma's exact cause is not fully understood; however, specific factors may contribute to its development, like reduced blood optic nerve flow.

In addition, other types of glaucoma include congenital glaucoma and secondary and pigmentary glaucoma.

Contact Our Eye Doctor in Wellington, CO

Are you looking for an eye doctor near you? For more information, contact our eye care professionals at Wellington Eye Care at 970-568-7161 or online.

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