If you are looking for a vision practice that will be able to provide you with comprehensive vision care, including diagnostic testing for glaucoma, we hope you will come and visit us at North Country Optical. At our vision practice, our eye doctor in Plattsburgh, Dr. George Mitsoglou, will be able to provide expert eye exams as well as eye care and management for many eye diseases.
It is very important that patients come to see our eye doctor in Plattsburgh for comprehensive eye exams on a regular basis. This is because there are many eye diseases, such as glaucoma, which show no obvious symptoms in the early stages. If glaucoma is allowed to continue developing, and remains untreated, a patient can end up losing vision as the glaucoma causes permanent optic nerve damage. However, if our patient comes to see us for periodic eye exams, as recommended by our optometrist, our eye doctor will be able to diagnose glaucoma or any other eye problems while they are in their early stages. When glaucoma is diagnosed before any damage occurs to the optic nerve, it can generally be easily treated by eye drops which are prescribed by our eye doctor. These eye drops will help the patient keep their intraocular pressure low, thus keeping the glaucoma from advancing.
Glaucoma is actually the name for a group of eye conditions which can all result in optic nerve damage. Usually the cause of this damage is high pressure inside your eye; this pressure is also known as intraocular pressure. Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness in the United States. Oftentimes glaucoma steals your vision so gradually that you will not notice that you have had any vision loss until the disease is in an advanced stage. Primary open-angle glaucoma, the most common type of glaucoma, often has no noticeable signs or symptoms. This is just one reason why it is so important to come in for periodic eye exams. During a comprehensive eye exam, our eye doctor will measure your intraocular pressure. If it is high, other tests will need to be performed to make a definitive diagnosis of glaucoma. If glaucoma is found to be in a more advanced stage, our eye doctor in Plattsburgh will be able to refer you to an ophthalmologist who will provide you with advanced glaucoma treatment – often in the form of laser eye surgery. Otherwise, our optometrist will be able to manage your glaucoma through periodic eye health checks.