Glaucoma Specialist

Jason Eugenides, OD -  - Optometrist

Vanderbilt Optical

Jason Eugenides, OD

Optometrist located in Naples, FL

Glaucoma refers to a group of eye conditions that can damage the optic nerve. When this happens, you can lose your vision and suffer other uncomfortable symptoms. To halt glaucoma in its tracks and get treatment today, visit Dr. Jason Eugenides at Vanderbilt Optical. Serving patients in Naples, Florida, Dr. Eugenides can help you resolve this progressive disorder, so your vision remains clear and crisp.

Glaucoma Q & A

What is glaucoma?

As an eye condition that affects the optic nerve, glaucoma can drastically impact your vision. The optic nerve is crucial to maintaining clear vision — without proper functioning, it can cause blindness. Optic nerve damage is often caused by high pressure in the eye, which may or may not produce any symptoms.

Unfortunately, many patients don’t know they have glaucoma until it has progressed to an extreme state and their vision is compromised. If you lose your vision due to glaucoma, it’s not possible to regain it. If Dr. Eugenides catches your glaucoma early enough, he can slow or prevent its progression.

What causes glaucoma?

Glaucoma happens when the optic nerve is damaged by high pressure in the eye, but there are a number of different factors that can cause this to happen. Increased eye pressure happens when fluid builds up in the eye and does not drain out properly.

Some common reasons glaucoma might develop are:

  • Genetics
  • Being over the age of 60
  • Eye conditions like nearsightedness
  • Eye injury
  • Estrogen deficiency

Some medications, like corticosteroids, have also been linked to the development of glaucoma.

How is glaucoma treated?

Dr. Eugenides treats glaucoma differently, depending on the cause. The main goal is to help lower the level of pressure in your eyes. He might recommend:

  • Prescription eyedrops
  • Oral medication
  • Laser therapy
  • Eye drainage surgery

To prevent glaucoma from getting worse, schedule regular eye exams and adhere to your treatment plan.

Dr. Eugenides might also recommend changes in your eye care habits, such as a new prescription for contacts or glasses.

What results can I expect?

While it’s not possible to regain lost vision once glaucoma has compromised your eyes, it is possible to halt the progression of the condition and prevent further damage.

If you suspect you may have glaucoma or if you have a family history of the condition, it’s best to book an eye exam right away.

With the right medical care, you can find relief from uncomfortable symptoms and save your eyes from any more suffering.

To make an appointment with Vanderbilt Optical today, call or use the one-click online scheduling system.