Barry Lebowitz, and Optometrist at Potomac Eye Care in Gaithersburg, Discusses Glaucoma
Online PR News – 12-October-2010 – – Barry Lebowitz, Potomac Eye Care Optometrist - Glaucoma is known as the “silent thief of sight” because it does not produce any symptoms until the end stage of the disease, when it may be too late to treat it.
Glaucoma is a gradual degeneration of the optic nerve. The optic nerve connects the eye to the brain transmitting visual images as an electrical signal, in much the same way the cord from a DVD player transmits a movie to a TV.
In the past an “eye pressure” or “‘air puff” test was considered a glaucoma test.
We now know increased eye pressure is only one of several risk factors in diagnosing glaucoma. Diagnosis now involves visual examination of the optic nerve, peripheral vision testing, pressure measurement and laser assisted measurments of the nerve layer thickness. It may take several years of monitoring the eyes before glaucoma is diagnosed.
Routine eye examinations every two years for those over age 40 is especially important in detecting early signs of glaucoma. Left untreated Glaucoma may lead to blindness over 10 or more years. With early detection and management most people can enjoy a lifetime of good vision.
About Barry Lebowitz and Potomac Eye Care:
Barry Lebowitz, Optometrist at Potomac Eye Care, practices in Gaithersburg, MD. For more information on Barry Lebowitz or Potomac Eye Care please visit: http://www.potomaceyecare.com . Potomac Eye Care, Barry Lebowitz Optometrist, Gaithersburg.