what is glaucoma?
Glaucoma is an eye disease that damages the optic nerve causing permanent damage and loss of vision. The damage occurs when the eye is unable to effectively manage the pressure inside the eye.
Glaucoma affects more than 3 million Americans and is the second leading cause of blindness in this country. It is the leading cause of preventable blindness. It has no noticeable symptoms and once vision is lost due to glaucoma, it cannot be restored.
There is no known cure for glaucoma, though it can be managed if detected early. Therefore, it’s important to have routine eye exams, especially if you are high risk for this serious disease.
Groups at high risk for glaucoma are:
- People over 60
- Family members of those already diagnosed with glaucoma
- Those with diabetes
- People who are severely nearsighted
Glaucoma treatment starts with an annual eye exam. Eye exams are important for accurate diagnosis and effective treatment plans.
If you are diagnosed with glaucoma, common treatment options could include:
- Prescription eye drops
- SLT laser
- Endoscopic Cyclophotocoagulation (ECP)
- Implantable stents
All of our doctors are well qualified to diagnose and treat glaucoma, and are able to see glaucoma patients at all four of our conveniently located clinics.
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