Eye Care Providers Topic Guide
Ophthalmologist vs. Optometrist: There are a number of different types of eye care providers. Depending on the eye problems you're suffering from you may need the services of an opthamologist or an optometrist, as well as members of associated eye care fields. Associated fields of expertise include opticians, ocularists, and ophthalmic technicians.
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Glaucoma Glaucoma can be caused by a number of eye diseases that can damage the optic nerve, typically by elevating pressure inside the eye, which is called intraocular pressure (IOP) or ocular hypertension. Symptoms begin slowly and include vision loss and irregularities, eye pain, headache, nausea, and vomiting. Beta-blockers, Alpha-adrenergic agonists, and prostaglandin analogs are drugs used to treat glaucoma. Sometimes surgery is necessary, especially with congenital glaucoma. The disease is not curable, but can be managed.
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