OPENING YOUR EYES TO GLAUCOMA by Mark E. German, O.D. Optometrist - Mequon and Saukville, Wisconsin
Each year, thousands of Americans needlessly go blind from glaucoma and researchers are beginning to find out why. Much of the problem has to do with the fact that people fail to detect this eye disease early enough. While about three million Americans have glaucoma, only half those people are aware of it.
Even when glaucoma is diagnosed, up to half of patients either fail to take their eye drops regularly or stop taking them entirely. Why is this? It's because glaucoma has no symptoms until it is so severe that the patient is about to go blind. If left untreated, it may cause a painless loss of peripheral or side vision over a number of years.
But glaucoma is easily treated with eye drops. Sometimes laser treatments or surgery might also be required. The key is detecting glaucoma in the first place and then sticking with the treatment plan. If you have not had a complete eye examination with dilating drops in over two years, you need to arrange one right away. If you have a family history of glaucoma or unexplained vision loss, a complete eye examination is even more important to rule-out this potentially blinding condition.
Call today to schedule your complete eye examination so you don’t become a statistic on preventable blindness. Remember that we welcome patients of all ages to our practice and accept most insurance plans including Medicare assignment.
Mark E. German, O.D.
Optometrist, Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals, S.C.
Offices in Mequon and Saukville, Wisconsin
web site: www.lakeshorevision.com
Full service optometry and ophthalmology practice. Offering medical and surgical treatment for cataracts, iLASIK laser vision correction, glaucoma, diabetic eye care, contact lens fitting and general eye examinations.