Glaucoma

Glaucoma is a an eye disease in which damage to the optic nerve leads to progressive, irreversible vision loss. Once thought to be only a high eye pressure problem, it is now known to be a more complex condition. There isn't one specific level of eye pressure that leads to vision disturbances. Many factors cause this condition and it can only be found with a comprehensive eye exam. Because people rarely experience symptoms, those with increased risk factors are especially encouraged to see an eye doctor regularly for evaluation. People of all ages are at risk for developing glaucoma, so talk to your eye care professional about screening for the condition. Watch the video to learn more!

Glaucoma is a complicated disease in which damage to the optic nerve leads to progressive, irreversible vision loss and is the second leading cause of blindness.

The most common form of glaucoma occurs when the eye’s drainage canals become clogged over time. The inner eye pressure, also called intraocular pressure or IOP, rises because the correct amount of fluid can’t drain out of the eye. With the most common form of glaucoma, the entrances to the drainage canals are clear, and should be working correctly. However, the clogging problem occurs further inside the drainage canals (similar to a clogged pipe below the drain of a sink).

Most people will not experience symptoms, nor will they have any early warning signs. If open angle glaucoma is not diagnosed and treated, it can cause a gradual loss of vision. The disease develops slowly and sometimes without visible sight loss for many years. It usually responds well to medication, especially if caught early and treated.

While anyone at any age can develop glaucoma, a higher risk is associated due to family history, individuals over 40 years of age, diabetics, individuals of african or mediterranean descent, as well as those who’ve experienced an eye injury or trauma.

People with glaucoma rarely experience symptoms, but each day, their vision becomes less and less clear. For this reason, routine eye examinations are more important than ever to help identify symptoms. Your eye doctor can detect elevated pressure within the eye, which can cause damage to the optic nerve that carries images to the brain. Left untreated, glaucoma can cause blindness. Call your eye doctor today for more information.

We at Bogan Eyecare Center look forward to providing the quality of care and service you have come to expect from us. We will be opening for routine care Monday, May 4, 2020.  Our priority is the health and safety of our patients and our staff.  In line with the CDC recommendations, effective immediately we ask the following:

  • We will continue to minimize the number of people in our office and will be spacing our schedule more than usual. All visits will need to be by appointment only.
  • Please call or text (317-852-4751) us to schedule frame adjustments, repairs, any type of product pick-up, and examinations of any type.
  • Paperwork will need to be filled out before arrival and emailed, if possible, to eyedocs@boganeyecare.com. If you are unable to fill out forms with a form filler or print them, we will mail forms to you for completion before your arrival.
  • Please check your temperature before your appointment, anything above 99.5, or symptoms of fever, cough, shortness of breath or similar we ask you to call and reschedule.
  • Please wear a mask to your appointment. Use hand sanitizer upon entry.
  • As you arrive for your appointment please text or call us at 317-852-4751. Please remain in your vehicle. We will be greeting you at the door when we are ready for your appointment.
  • Please do not bring others with you to your appointment. If a child needs accompanied by a parent or guardian, we will only allow that person in the office with the child. Anyone needing assistance of a caretaker may also accompany a patient into the office. We will request any additional companions remain in their vehicle for the duration of the appointment.
  • Curbside pick-up will continue when possible. We also can direct ship most contact lens orders.
  • As we will be operating with a reduced staff to reduce the number of people in our office, we will now be closed for lunch each day.
  • Dr. Curts will continue to be available for telehealth consultations as needed. Please call our office for assistance with this.

Thank you for your patience as we navigate these unprecedented times. We truly appreciate your business with us and the ability to serve your eyecare needs!