Glaucoma Specialist

San Diego Vision Care Optometry -  - Optometrist

San Diego Vision Care Optometry

Optometrists located in San Diego, CA

Glaucoma affects millions of Americans, causing permanent vision loss and even total blindness. The doctors at San Diego Vision Care Optometry provides comprehensive glaucoma screenings and care to help patients in and around San Diego, CA, understand their risk factors for the disease and receive safe, effective treatment when glaucoma is diagnosed.

Glaucoma Q & A

What is glaucoma?

Glaucoma is a disease that occurs when the pressure inside the eye, called the intraocular pressure, builds up, eventually pressing against blood vessels and the optic nerve and causing irreversible loss of sight. Pressure increases because the eye is unable to drain properly, enabling fluid to collect and press against the structures of the eye. More than 3 million American adults have glaucoma, and many people have the condition and don't even know it.

What symptoms does glaucoma cause?

Until loss of vision occurs, glaucoma typically causes no symptoms at all, earning it the nickname of “the silent thief of sight.” As the disease continues and is left untreated, patients may notice a gradual deterioration in peripheral or “side” vision, which eventually encroaches inward causing a permanent narrowing of the visual field, and finally, blindness. Because it causes no symptoms early on, having regular eye exams is the best way to catch the disease before it causes permanent vision loss.

How is glaucoma diagnosed?

Our doctors use a special, painless test to measure the pressure inside your eye, and during your dilated exam, they'll also look for changes inside your eye that are characteristic of damage associated with the early stages of the disease.

How is glaucoma cured?

Glaucoma can't be cured, but there are treatments that can help slow or halt the progression of the disease to preserve vision. Treatments may include pills or eye drops, or both, to reduce pressure and improve drainage, or laser or traditional surgery to help the eye drain the way it should so pressure doesn't build up.

What risk factors are associated with glaucoma?

Anyone can develop glaucoma, but people over age 60, those with heart disease, diabetes or thyroid conditions, and people with a family history of glaucoma are especially at risk.


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Major Insurance Providers Accepted

Below is a short list of just some of the plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed on our site.

Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
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