Normal functioning of the eyes is something many of us take for granted over the course of a day, week, month or lifetime. Often it’s only when something feels “off” do we consider there might be something amiss. For the eyes this might come in the form of words looking fuzzy or headaches experienced after reading. Sometimes problems with the eyes can also occur without any warning signs or symptoms. For this reason, regular eye exams with Fulton Medical eye doctor Dr. Talley can be a literal and figurative saver of sight.
Glaucoma, a very serious eye condition, causes damage to the optic nerve in the eye. The optic nerve is responsible for transmitting impulses formed by the retina to the brain. Once the brain receives the impulses, there is an interpretation process that results in an image. Without this, permanent loss of vision can result. Glaucoma is so damaging because of the intraocular pressure it creates in the optic nerve. When damaged, the optic nerve loses its ability to transmit images to the brain. Unfortunately, the pressure created within the eye often occurs without any pain or early symptoms. Called “the sneak thief of sight,” glaucoma can permanently rob an individual of sight.
Other types of glaucoma include secondary, pigmentary, pseudoexfoliative, traumatic, neovascular, Irido corneal endothelial and uveitic.
Currently, glaucoma affects 3 million people in the United States. Worldwide, glaucoma comprises the sight of 60 million individuals. These numbers continue to rise with predictions for a 58 percent increase of 4.2 million people by 2030, according to the National Eye Institute. For reasons unknown, glaucoma is six to eight times more prevalent in African-Americans than Caucasians.
Because of the “sneaky” nature of glaucoma, it is important to regularly visit the eye doctor, and Dr. Talley offers convenient eye appointment at the Fulton clinic. An eye exam is just as important as an appointment for an annual physicals or immunization and a good way to diagnose any difficulties before long-term vision loss occurs. Taking these additional precautions is especially important if you are over the age of 40, have a history of diabetes, or a risk of glaucoma or other eye diseases. In these cases, it can be a good idea to schedule more-frequent visits with your eye doctor. This New Year, start things off right with an annual eye exam. To schedule an eye appointment at Dr. Talley’s Fulton clinic, call his Jefferson City office at 573-635-0115.
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