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.
Glaucoma screening and treatment is very important as most types of glaucoma have no symptoms. Glaucoma is a term that refers to a collection of diseases that can affect the optic nerve and cause vision loss. Vision loss affects the peripheral vision first, and unless severe loss has occurred, a patient is unaware of having this condition. Monitoring the eye pressure, as well as evaluating the optic nerve, is important in detecting and managing glaucoma. Additional testing includes visual field testing and computerized analysis of the optic nerve.
While there is no current cure for glaucoma, treatment is often effective in restoring vision and slowing the progression of the disease. Treatment is targeted at lowering the pressure of the eye and is typically achieved with medication 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.
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