Blindness-causing diseases like glaucoma are frightening because they seem to strike people without much warning or any apparent cause. It can be difficult to know your exact risk for glaucoma. But you can and should be on the lookout for signs and symptoms frequently associated with glaucoma, ocular hypertension being one of the most prominent.
Just like a doctor can take your blood pressure, a number that measures the movement of blood through your veins, your ophthalmologist can measure the pressure of the fluid in your eyes. If this pressure is higher than normal, you could be at risk for ocular hypertension.
Ocular hypertension has several possible causes:
- Side effect of medication
- Eyes that produce too much fluid
- Eyes that fail to drain sufficient fluid
- A previous injury or trauma to your eye
The condition is a major risk factor for open-angle glaucoma. Not all cases of ocular hypertension lead to glaucoma, and not all glaucoma cases are preceded by ocular hypertension, but the two conditions are closely correlated with each other.
Ocular hypertension does not have any symptoms in the early stages, so the best way to detect it is with regular eye exams from an experienced ophthalmologist. Seeta Eye Care Centers employs many skilled ocular professionals who can check you for hypertension and other eye conditions. To set up an appointment by contacting us at 845-454-1025 . We accept patients from Highland, Poughkeepsie, Fishkill, and the rest of upstate New York.