Glaucoma FAQs


What Is Glaucoma?
The eye’s optic nerve is affected in patients with glaucoma. Intraocular pressure builds up in the eye, harming the nerve. This nerve sends signals between the brain and the eye, so it’s chiefly responsible for good vision.

What Are Its Symptoms?
Many patients report being asymptomatic for many years. Permanent vision loss is likely at that point, and that’s what triggers these patients to visit an eye doctor.

That said, when a patient loses vision due to glaucoma, it cannot be restored. The focus at that point is preventing the disease from robbing a patient’s vision even further.

How Is It Caused?
As mentioned, the eye’s optic nerve contains what’s called intraocular pressure. In healthy patients, this pressure is at a normal level and causes no strain on the optic nerve. In those with glaucoma, the pressure increases to the point where the optic nerve is harmed and fluid may leak into the eye.

Where Can You Go for Glaucoma Treatment?
If you think you may have this condition, don’t wait to receive glaucoma treatment. The sooner your eye doctor catches this, the better. At Merrimack Vision Care, we can prescribe a treatment that can preserve your vision.

Medications like eye drops can be impactful in regulating intraocular pressure. Laser treatments may also halt this condition, as can surgery. That said, surgery is often offered as a last resort for patients who are at high risk of losing all their vision.

About Merrimack Vision CareAt Merrimack Vision Center, we offer many services. These include eye exams, vision therapy, reading problem counseling, LASIK, and treatment of optic nerve disorders, diabetic retinal disease, macular degeneration, and eye infections.

To learn more contact us or schedule an appointment today, you can reach out to any of our three locations:

  • Manchester office: call 603-644-6100 or visit 2075 South Willow Street
  • Milford office: call 603-672-0338 or visit 603 Nashua Street
  • Merrimack office: call 603-424-0404 or visit 401 Daniel Webster Highway