Today, about two million people in the U.S. have glaucoma, and many of them do not know it. Called the "silent thief of vision," glaucoma is the term for a group of disorders that harms the optic nerve. The optic nerve has a critical role in transferring visual data to the brain. If left untreated, glaucoma could cause permanent blind spots and/or total blindness. This condition is almost always caused by increased pressure within the eye from fluid buildup.
Glaucoma is a major reason why undergoing comprehensive eye exams a minimum of every two years is vital to your overall eye health. At Eye Surgeon Direct, Dr. Kristin Held has the most up-to-date diagnostic methods, and she is highly trained in the most advanced treatment options. If you are past 40 years of age, please schedule an eye exam in San Antonio, TX, and get a head start on managing your ocular health.
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"Dr. Kristin Held is an excellent doctor and I have no reservation about giving her a very high recommendation. After injuring an eye, and all of the anxiety that goes with that, she put my mind at ease and put in motion the plan for full recuperation. She is thurough, has a very personable demeanor. Her staff is completely professional and on time.. Great parking."- R.E. / Google / Mar 02, 2019
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"Five Stars - Dr. Held is the doctor you want to go see for Ophthalmologist. She is excellent and spends a huge amount of time with you. Very different from other doctors!"- Anonymous / Vitals / May 05, 2017
"Dr. Held is an outstanding ophthalmologist! There is no other doctor like her in San Antonio!! She spends so much time with you and always goes beyond any other doctor I have seen. She is compassion, loyal to her oath, and is a true example of what a doctor should be. The wait time is worth it. So what that she is out of network....Most excellent doctors are!! This allows the government to stay out of medical health care. "- V. / Healthgrades / May 05, 2017
What to expect with Glaucoma Treatments
Occurring because of genetics, corticosteroid eye drops, thin corneal tissue, heritage, or medical conditions, different glaucoma types often have no symptoms at all during the initial stages. In normal eyes, the fluid required by the eye tissue moves through a special tissue called the trabecular meshwork, which supports the area between the cornea and the iris. Sometimes, this movement may be hindered or become slow, which causes fluid buildup. This functional problem causes two common types, including open-angle glaucoma or narrow- or closed-angle glaucoma. As glaucoma starts to advance, patients may notice issues, like:
- Problems with peripheral vision
- Hazy eyesight
- Eye fatigue
- Eyes that ache
Dr. Held will conduct several tests to determine if you have glaucoma, including dilating the eyes, measuring your intraocular pressure, reviewing your corneal thickness, testing your peripheral vision, and assessing the optic nerves. Once diagnosed, we will prescribe your treatment based on the severity of your condition and needs. Glaucoma therapies may include prescription eye drops, laser treatment, or a surgical procedure to minimize intraocular pressure and damage to the optic nerve.
Take Control of Glaucoma
At Eye Surgeon Direct, we regularly perform consultations for individuals living with glaucoma to help manage the condition. It’s critical to receive early detection and treatment, which allows you to keep your symptoms under control. Dr. Held encourages anyone who has suspicious symptoms, a family history of glaucoma, or a current diagnosis of glaucoma to schedule an appointment at her San Antonio, TX ophthalmology center.