Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness in the United States. It is the name given to a group of diseases that cause a characteristic type of damage to the optic nerve. The risk of glaucoma increases with age, diabetes, nearsightedness and a family history of the disease. It is often associated with high pressure within the eye. The most common type of glaucoma, chronic open-angle glaucoma, causes a slow, “silent” loss of vision. Unfortunately, glaucoma most commonly does not cause any symptoms as it slowly steals your sight. Untreated, glaucoma causes irreversible blindness. The good news is that with routine eye exams, early signs of glaucoma can be detected and appropriate testing and treatment can be implemented. Eye Physicians and Surgeons offers the latest in diagnostic technology, including the Humphrey Visual Field Analyzer.
While there is no current cure for glaucoma, treatment is often effective in restoring vision and slowing the progression of the disease. Treatment options include eye drops, laser surgery or more complex surgical procedures. Our doctors will determine which type of treatment is best for you after a thorough evaluation of your individual condition.