Books or tablets: Which is better for your eyes?
For those of us who love to read, digital devices have opened up a rich new world of literary exploration. But as your mind expands, how are your eyes doing?
Glaucoma is a group of diseases that can damage the eye’s optic nerve. It’s a leading cause of blindness in people over the age of 60. But blindness from glaucoma can often be prevented with early treatment.
There are two major types of glaucoma:
Primary open-angle glaucoma has no warning signs or obvious symptoms. It happens gradually, and your vision may be normal until the damage is severe. As glaucoma progresses, you may develop blind spots in your side vision. Regular eye exams are important for people over age 40.
Symptoms of closed-angle glaucoma include:
You’re at risk for glaucoma if you are over age 40, have a family history of glaucoma, are farsighted or nearsighted, or have had an eye injury. You’re also at risk if you have diabetes, migraines or high blood pressure.
At-risk patients and patients diagnosed with glaucoma can benefit from iCare Home Monitoring. You'll take eye pressure readings at home with an easy-to-use, handheld device to help your eye doctor create a personalized treatment plan.
A complete eye exam is the only way to identify glaucoma. This exam consists of:
The exam also involves performing a computer measurement or creating a picture of the optic nerve.
Glaucoma can be treated in a number of ways, depending on how serious it is. Treatments include:
The Ohio State University Havener Eye Institute has a tradition of more than 80 years of excellence in ophthalmology. Our Department of Ophthalmology sees 87,000+ patients each year. We have locations throughout the Columbus area including our main eye care clinic near the Ohio State campus on Olentangy River Road, which also provides on-site surgical eye care. Satellite offices also serve Dublin and Westerville. Coming soon: offices in New Albany and a new state-of-the-art surgical facility in Dublin.
The mission of The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences is to restore, preserve and enhance vision to improve lives. Each and every day, we strive for excellence in patient care by providing all our patients with the latest examination and diagnostic techniques, both medical and surgical.