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Glaucoma Diagnosis & Treatment at Bristow Eye Care

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What is Glaucoma

Glaucoma is an ocular disease that develops when your optic nerve is progressively damaged, generally because of rising intraocular pressure. Glaucoma is extremely hard to spot, and most patients might not know they are experiencing glaucoma symptoms until their eyesight is permanently damaged or if their optometrist detects it with an eye exam.

Glaucoma is an umbrella term used to describe a couple different types of ocular diseases. The two most common forms of glaucoma are:

Open-angle glaucoma is the most common form of glaucoma found in patients. This disease occurs when the drainage canals responsible for circulating fluid out of the eye become clogged over time, causing pressure inside the eye to rise. This leads to gradual optic nerve damage, causing permanent vision loss.

Closed-angle glaucoma occurs when the iris bulges out from the eye, completely blocking the fluid drainage canals. Damage to your vision can happen over time (gradual closed-angle glaucoma) or very quickly (acute closed-angle glaucoma). Experiencing acute closed-angle glaucoma is a medical emergency requiring immediate attention.

How to Detect Glaucoma

Patients very rarely are able to detect their own symptoms of glaucoma. At Bristow Family Eye Care, an annual appointment is critical for diagnosing glaucoma, and we carry a few different methods of how to do so.

The Goldmann Applanation Tonometry test is used to detect your eye’s intraocular pressure, and visual field testing helps detect the actual field of view you have, since optic nerve damage affects peripheral vision first.

Because glaucoma is usually undetectable by our patients, these tests are included with every eye exam.

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Treating Glaucoma

Glaucoma is treatable, but every patient will need to perform a thorough eye exam to know for sure what kind of treatment they need. Treatments can include oral medications, eye drops, or even laser eye surgery. Speak to your optometrist and they can set you on the right path for effective glaucoma treatment.

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Where are we located?

Associates in Eyecare – Bristow is conveniently located in Bristow Center shopping mall between Anytime Fitness and Pizza Hut.

Address

10338 Bristow Center Dr
Bristow, VA 20136

Contact Information

Phone: 703.392.1010
Fax: 703.392.4975
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Hours of Operations

Monday
9:30 AM – 6 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM – 6 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM – 7 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM – 6 PM
Friday
9:30 AM – 5 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM – 2 PM
Sunday
Closed

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