Advanced Eyecare (816) 353-1872
Advanced Eyecare South (816) 322-1872
Blue Springs Optical (816) 229-2020

Causes and Symptoms of Glaucoma

Glaucoma is a group of eye disorders that impairs the optic nerve of the eye and gets worse over time. It's usually caused by a buildup of abnormal pressure inside your eye (intraocular pressure) that can destroy your eye's optic nerve, which relays images to your brain. If the damage worsens, glaucoma can trigger permanent loss of vision.

Most individuals with glaucoma do not experience early signs of pain. It's prudent to get routine eye exams so glaucoma can be detected and treated early. At Advanced Eyecare, serving the regions of Raytown, Raymore, and Blue Springs, MO, we can help. Our professional eye care team will diagnose and treat glaucoma to prevent vision loss.

Causes of Glaucoma

Statistics demonstrate that glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness for most people over 60. It could happen at any age category, but it's more prevalent in older adults.

The primary cause of glaucoma is a buildup of intraocular pressure in the eye. This pressure increase exerts outward pressure on the inner walls of the eye, eventually impairing the optic nerve.

Risk factors that can trigger high eye pressure and glaucoma include:

  • Family history of glaucoma
  • Prevailing health conditions, such as diabetes or high blood pressure
  • Eye injury or trauma
  • Regular use of certain drugs, including steroids
  • Using corticosteroid medications (like eye drops) for an extended period of time
  • Thin corneas (transparent layer in front of your pupils)

Symptoms

Symptoms can vary depending on the severity of your condition and the type of glaucoma. Common symptoms include:

  • Eye pain
  • Eye redness
  • Headaches
  • Blind spots in your eyes
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Seeing halos around light sources
  • An elevated eye pressure
  • Blurred vision

Given that glaucoma damage can't be reversed, getting proper eye care and visiting our eye doctor regularly is paramount to preventing or managing the disease.

Visit Our Optometrists Today

Glaucoma exhibits few or no early symptoms. Visiting our optometrist for an annual checkup could be the difference between losing and saving your sight. Getting routine eye exams can rule out glaucoma or detect the disease early. At Advanced Eyecare, our optometrists will detect glaucoma and provide the proper treatment for you. We serve patients in Raytown, Raymore, and Blue Springs, MO. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, call us today.

Hours of Operation

Our Regular Schedule

Advanced Eyecare Raytown

Monday

8:00 am - 5:30 pm

Tuesday

8:00 am - 5:30 pm

Wednesday

8:00 am - 5:30 pm

Thursday

8:00 am - 5:30 pm

Friday

8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Saturday

8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Sunday

Closed

Advanced Eyecare South

Monday

8:00 am - 5:30 pm

Tuesday

8:00 am - 5:30 pm

Wednesday

By Appt. 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Thursday

8:00 am - 5:30 pm

Friday

8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Saturday

By Appt. 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Sunday

Closed

Blue Springs Optical

Monday

8:00 am - 5:30 pm

Tuesday

8:00 am - 5:30 pm

Wednesday

8:00 am - 5:30 pm

Thursday

8:00 am - 5:30 pm

Friday

8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Saturday

8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Sunday

Closed

Advanced Eyecare Raytown

Monday
8:00 am - 5:30 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 5:30 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 5:30 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 5:30 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Sunday
Closed

Advanced Eyecare South

Monday
8:00 am - 5:30 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 5:30 pm
Wednesday
By Appt. 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 5:30 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday
By Appt. 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Sunday
Closed

Blue Springs Optical

Monday
8:00 am - 5:30 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 5:30 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 5:30 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 5:30 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Sunday
Closed

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