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By O’Donnell Eye Institute
November 12, 2021
Category: Eye Disorders
Tags: Glaucoma  

If you think you may be suffering from glaucoma in Santa Rosa Beach, FL, visit the O’Donnell Eye Institute and see Dr. Lan O’Donnell or Dr. Heidi Gonzalez for a comprehensive eye exam. It will give you the answer you need. 

What is Glaucoma?

Glaucoma is not just one disease, according to the American Optometric Association, it is a group of eye disorders. What they have in common is the increase in pressure within the eye. This leads to damage to the optic nerve and can result in loss of sight, even complete loss. This is a condition that needs to be taken seriously and caught early. 

Types of Glaucoma

Two primary types of glaucoma can affect your eyes. They are primary open-angle glaucoma, which is by far the most common, and angle-closure glaucoma. 

Who Should Worry About Glaucoma? 

 Different types of glaucoma can have different risk levels and causes. Some reasons you should worry about are:

  • An immediate family member has glaucoma
  • You are over 60
  • You are African American 
  • You are Hispanic over 60
  • You are Asian
  • You use steroids
  • You have suffered an eye injury
  • You have hypertension
  • You are nearsighted

As you can see, age and ethnicity are important factors when assessing your potential risk of developing glaucoma. It makes it even more important that you get regular eye exams for glaucoma in Santa Rosa Beach, FL. 

What Are the Symptoms of Glaucoma?

No obvious symptoms can be found when primary open-angle glaucoma is in the early stages. By the time it is obvious that something is wrong, the damage has been done. By getting regular comprehensive eye exams, you stand a much better chance of having it caught and getting the treatment you need to relieve the eye pressure that can damage the optic nerve. 

Acute angle-closure glaucoma causes blurry vision, auras, pain in the eyes and head, and sudden sight loss. The eye pain may be accompanied by nausea. 

Treatment

If caught early, blindness does not have to be the end result of glaucoma. But even with proper early treatment, about 10% of those with glaucoma will lose their vision. For most people, eye drops will be able to relieve the pressure in the eye. For more severe cases, surgery with laser or incision is the proper treatment.  

If you are in danger of suffering from glaucoma in Santa Rosa Beach, FL, or have already had a diagnosis, visiting the O'Donnell Eye Institute can make sure your condition is kept under observation by Dr. O'Donnell and Dr.Gonzalez. Call their office for an appointment at (850) 622-4000. 

By O’Donnell Eye Institute
November 19, 2020
Category: General
Tags: Glaucoma  

Having a yearly physical or dental cleaning may be a normal part of your life, but what about eye exams? Unless you wear glasses, you may not regularly visit an optometrist. However, scheduling an eye exam can be instrumental in detecting eye problems such as glaucoma, which can cause vision loss or total blindness.

Drs. Lan O'Donnell and Heidi Gonzalez frequently diagnose and treat glaucoma at O'Donnell Eye Institute in Santa Rosa Beach, FL, and they want to make sure their patients are aware of the warning signs of glaucoma. Although there are several types, this article will concentrate on the two main classifications: primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG) and angle-closure glaucoma (ACG).

Glaucoma basics

Behind both of your eyes is an optic nerve that sends visual signals to the brain for processing. Glaucoma causes pressure to build up behind the eyes and damages the optic nerve. Anyone is at risk for developing glaucoma, although people over age 60 and those with a family history are more susceptible. The causes of glaucoma are largely unknown.

Visual changes

Changes in the way you see often accompany ACG. Many of our patients at O'Donnell Eye Institute report a new haziness or blurriness. When looking at bright lights, some people notice rainbow-like halos around them. A few people will have a sudden loss of sight. The visual disturbances with POAG are more subtle and can affect the peripheral, or sides, of your visual field. Although these symptoms can be indicative of other conditions, any unexplained changes in your vision should be evaluated by your Santa Rosa Beach eye doctor at once.

Neurological symptoms

Because of the pressure that has to build up behind the eyes, those with glaucoma may experience a new and very uncomfortable headache or eye pain. It can even cause nausea or vomiting due to a response called the oculoabdominal reflex.

No symptoms

The idea that you are developing irreversible damage to your eyes without your knowledge is a scary one, but this can be a reality for those with POAG. By the time POAG begins to noticeably affect vision, it is often advanced and has caused significant damage to the optic nerve. The good news is that by scheduling yearly eye exams with your Santa Rosa Beach optometrist, both types of glaucoma can be detected and treated in their early stages.

To schedule a glaucoma evaluation with Dr. Lan O'Donnell or Dr. Heidi Gonzalez, contact O'Donnell Eye Institute in Santa Rosa Beach, FL, by calling (850) 622-4000 today!

By O’Donnell Eye Institute
September 16, 2019
Category: Eye Exam

Eye Doctor Santa Rosa Beach, FLHaving trouble seeing what’s in front of your face? It might be time to see an eye doctor.

Everyone, no matter how great their eyesight is, should still visit our Santa Rose Beach, FL eye doctor every year for a checkup. After all, you may be surprised to discover how drastically your vision can change from year-to-year! However, there are a number of telltale signs that it’s time to schedule an eye exam, regardless of when your last one was. Some of these include:

Your night vision has changed

If you suddenly notice that it isn’t as easy to see certain road signs or cars at night, then it’s time to see your eye doctor. Often time, it isn’t until someone notices increased difficulty driving at night that they realize their vision has changed.

Signs of an infection

Another reason to visit an eye doctor may have nothing to do with your vision but more to do with certain other symptoms you are experiencing. If you are noticing redness, itching, or discharge emitting from your eye, you could be dealing with an infection. Don’t wait out an eye infection to clear up on its own—see your Santa Rosa Beach, FL, eye doctor as soon as possible for treatment.

Your eyes often feel tired

When you aren’t wearing the proper corrective vision, your eyes have to strain throughout the day to be able to read and process information. If you notice that your eyes feel fatigued for more than four days straight, there could be something more going on that requires immediate attention.

Things look fuzzy

This is probably the most obvious sign that your vision isn’t what it used to be. If you find yourself having trouble suddenly reading the words on a menu or in a book, it might be time for a new prescription.

Concerned? Schedule an appointment

If you are squinting to read signs and make out objects, then it’s certainly time to schedule your eye exam in Santa Rosa Beach, FL. Call O’Donnell Eye Institute today at (850) 622-4000 to book your next vision checkup.