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Glaucoma Worsens in Winter, Reports National Post

Sad as it is, Summer is almost at its end.  Soon, we’ll be trading in our swimsuits and sandals for scarves and sweaters.  And, while we typically associate the season with shorter days, changing leaves and cooler weather, researchers are now explaining that the cold months of winter may also have a profound impact on something far more important – your eye health.

“A study done at the Devers Eye Institute in Portland, Ore., found [Glaucoma] worsens in cold weather, especially among people in early stages of the disease,” reports Canada’s National Post.  “The more extreme the weather patterns, the greater the impact on a person’s intraocular pressure and sensitivity.”  Glaucoma, which is the leading cause of blindness and visual impairment in the US, is commonly associated with an increased pressure in the eye.  The condition can affect patients of all ages, many of whom do not experience any symptoms and may not be aware that they have the disease.

And, while still a new study, these findings serve as an important reminder: although winter is still a few months out, take the time to come in for a glaucoma screening.  If you think you may already be suffering from the condition, explore glaucoma treatment today!

Treatments for Glaucoma

Glaucoma is a progressive condition, and once it has been diagnosed, treatment should begin as soon as possible to help minimize the risk of permanent vision loss. While there is no cure for glaucoma, there are treatments available.  These tend to focus on relieving symptoms and preventing further damage from occurring.

Common glaucoma treatments include:

  • Eye Drops: Glaucoma eye drops are typically used to reduce fluid production in the front of the eye or to help drain excess fluid.
  • Laser Surgery: Laser surgery for glaucoma works to increase the outflow of fluid from the eye or eliminate fluid blockages.
  • Microsurgery: Microsurgery works to reduce pressure in the eye by creating a new drainage channel, allowing fluid to drain from the eye.

Glaucoma Treatment in Winchester

To schedule an eye exam or to learn more about Glaucoma Treatment, contact us today.  Our Ophthalmology Offices are located in Winchester, serving Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland. Book your appointment at (540) 722-6200.  We look forward to hearing from you.

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