Bentz Eye Center

Ophthalmology & Cataract Surgeons located in West Palm Beach, FL

Your optic nerve connects your eye to your brain, transmitting light that comes into your eye into images in your brain. Glaucoma is a common eye condition that slowly damages your optic nerve. It can lead to blindness, but it doesn’t often show warning signs. Protect your vision and your eye health with routine eye exams and glaucoma care at Bentz Eye Center in West Palm Beach, Florida. Robert Bentz, DO, and Miriam Farag, OD, FAAO, are experts in diagnosing and treating glaucoma to preserve your vision. Contact the office online or over the phone for an appointment.

Glaucoma Q & A

What is glaucoma?

Glaucoma is an eye condition that damages your optic nerve. Your optic nerve transmits signals from your eye to your brain, and it’s essential for vision. If you have glaucoma, pressure builds up inside your eye. Pressure hurts the optic nerve and slowly impairs your vision.

There are different types of glaucoma, but the most common type is open-angle glaucoma. If you have open-angle glaucoma, fluid can’t drain properly from your eye. A clogged duct can trap fluid, which exerts extra pressure on your optic nerve.

Damage happens slowly, and open-angle glaucoma is generally painless.

Am I at risk for glaucoma?

Glaucoma rarely presents early warning signs. It may not be noticeable until you have vision loss and at that point, any lost vision can’t be restored. That’s why it’s important to get regular eye exams and know your risk for glaucoma.

Anyone can get glaucoma, but certain factors may increase your risk. The following factors may put you at higher risk:

  • Over age 60
  • Black, Asian, or Hispanic descent
  • Family history of glaucoma
  • Chronic health condition like diabetes or heart disease
  • High eye pressure
  • Eye injury

Eye pressure and glaucoma are closely linked, but having high eye pressure doesn’t necessarily mean you have glaucoma. At the same time, it’s possible to have glaucoma and still have a fairly low eye pressure.

How is glaucoma diagnosed?

The team at Bentz Eye Center specializes in diagnosing glaucoma. The team performs comprehensive eye exams, including dilated eye exams, to evaluate your eye health. 

Common testing for glaucoma involves visual acuity and visual field tests. The team may also perform a pachymetry to measure the thickness of your cornea and use a tonometer to measure the pressure inside the eyes.

What are my treatment options for glaucoma?

Since glaucoma vision loss can’t be reversed, the best way to preserve your vision is to get an early diagnosis. There’s no cure for glaucoma, but regular eye exams and treatment can slow damage to your optic nerve.

Treatments for glaucoma at Bentz Eye Center may include medication, such as prescription eye drops, laser treatment, or surgery to relieve eye pressure. Medication, either oral pills or eye drops, is the most common treatment for glaucoma.

If the team recommends medication, they’ll choose a method and dosage that’s right for you. Take your medication as prescribed and attend your eye exam appointments.

With the right treatment, you can have healthy vision with glaucoma. Learn more about your glaucoma treatment options by calling Bentz Eye Center or booking an appointment online.