Glaucoma Specialist

Akers Eyecare Center

Frank Akers II, OD

Optometrist located in Mesa, AZ

Glaucoma is a serious eye condition in which your vision steadily declines over time due to damage to the optic nerve. Optometrist Dr. Frank Akers II offers management and treatment for glaucoma at his practice, Akers Eyecare Center, to people living in and around Mesa, Arizona. If you suspect you have glaucoma, or have been diagnosed with the condition, call the office or use the online booking agent to make an appointment today.

Glaucoma Q & A

What is glaucoma?

When the pressure from excess fluid builds up in the front of the eye, it can compromise the optic nerve. The intraocular pressure impairs the nerve’s ability to transmit visual images to the brain. When untreated, glaucoma may lead to permanent loss of vision and even blindness.

What are the symptoms of glaucoma?

Glaucoma has few symptoms and is hard to detect prior to a loss of vision, unless you get regular testing by an eye specialist. You may suspect glaucoma is developing if you experience:

  • Loss of peripheral vision
  • Blurry vision
  • Halos around lights
  • Tunnel vision
  • Pressure or pain around your eyes

Glaucoma can progress rapidly and cause debilitating damage to your eyes and your sight. This is why it’s so important to get tested regularly for glaucoma.

What causes glaucoma?

Glaucoma tends to be a hereditary disease that becomes evident in the middle years of life. Less common causes of glaucoma include:

  • Eye infection
  • Eye diseases
  • Eye injury
  • Complications of eye surgery

You’re at particular risk of glaucoma if you’re over 40, have a family history of the condition, have poor vision, suffer from diabetes, or have taken steroids, such as prednisone, for an extended period.

How is glaucoma diagnosed?

Dr. Akers performs several different screenings for glaucoma. They’re painless and quick, and they include:

  • Tonometry to determine eye pressure
  • Pachymetry to measure cornea thickness
  • Visual field testing
  • Ophthalmoscopy that looks directly through the pupil

You may be diagnosed with a high intraocular pressure that has not yet progressed to glaucoma. It that’s the case, then it’s especially important for you to get regular screenings to stay on top of your eye health and prevent progression of the condition.

What is the treatment for glaucoma?

Dr. Akers uses a number of therapies to treat glaucoma and prevent its progression. He may prescribe prescription eye drops or refer you to a specialist for laser surgery, microsurgery, trabeculoplasty, iridotomy, or cyclophotocoagulation.

There is no cure for glaucoma, but you can manage it to preserve your vision and prevent blindness. Damage to the optic nerve that’s already occurred cannot be reversed, so early diagnosis is critical.

Contact Akers Eyecare Center to assist you with testing, diagnosis, and treatment for all phases of glaucoma.