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Glaucoma is a progressive eye disease that can eventually lead to loss of vision.
When you have glaucoma, damage to the optic nerve that carries electrical signals from your eye to your affects your peripheral vision and potentially causes gradual blindness. While there is no known cure for glaucoma the disease can be stabilized so optic nerve damage is prevented or slowed down. Vision loss resulting from glaucoma is irreversible. Glaucoma can be managed with regular eye exams, early detection and treatment.
Our glaucoma specialists are board certified ophthalmologists trained exclusively in diagnosing and treating glaucoma with the latest technology, including Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty (SLT) and Trabeculectomy. If necessary, glaucoma related surgery can be performed at the same time as cataract surgery.
Symptoms of glaucoma can be “silent” and cause symptoms that should be evaluated during a routine eye exam. They can include a gradual loss of peripheral vision, eye pain, headache, an ache around the eye, sudden blurred vision, severe light sensitivity, nausea and vomiting. Risk factors for glaucoma include high eye pressure, family history, older age, African American ancestry, extreme myopia (nearsightedness) or hyperopia (farsightedness), past eye trauma and a history of eye inflammation.
There are two broad categories of glaucoma, open angle or narrow angle, depending on the patients’ anatomy. There are many more specific subtypes of glaucoma under these two categories. Each type of glaucoma has its distinct method by which it inflicts damage to the optic nerve. If you are diagnosed, our glaucoma specialists will take the time to educate you on the type of glaucoma affecting your eyes and the best route for treatment.
With primary open angle glaucoma, fluid doesn’t flow out of your eye properly, causing pressure, discomfort and potential disruption in sight. Primary open angle glaucoma is the most common form of glaucoma.
When your iris is pushed or pulled forward, it can sometimes result in a blockage of the drainage angle in the eye, causing pressure and damage your optic nerve. Symptoms are often immediate and can result in eye pain, headaches, halos, dilated pupils, vision loss, red eyes, nausea and vomiting. When you experience a narrow angle attack, you may also experience peripheral vision loss.
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At this time, there is no known cure for glaucoma. It can only be treated with the goal of stabilizing the disease so that optic nerve damage is prevented or slowed down. Unfortunately, any loss in vision resulting from glaucoma is irreversible.
When we treat glaucoma, we reduce the pressure inside your eye. It’s often controlled with eye drops or oral medications, and sometimes through minimally invasive surgery. We work with each patient to evaluate symptoms, understand your challenges and propose the best plan for recovery.
Medication comes in the form of either eye drops or pills. They aid in lowering eye pressure in one of two ways, by signaling the ciliary body to slow down the production of aqueous humor or by improving the flow of aqueous humor through the angle and out the trabecular meshwork. Oral medications work by reducing the production of aqueous humor. They tend to have more systemic side effects; therefore, their use is limited in glaucoma treatment. These sides affects may include reduction of body potassium when treating sudden attacks of extremely high eye pressure, as what happens in acute angle closure glaucoma.
Glaucoma lasers can lower eye pressures by reducing the production of fluid inside the or by better facilitating the flow of fluid out of the eye. Lasers are performed most commonly as an addition to medications when eye drops are not enough in lowering eye pressure. Patients are often instructed to continue their glaucoma medications after a laser is performed. The procedure is not intended to make your vision better nor does it make your vision worse.
If your glaucoma progresses, we sometimes recommend a trabeculectomy. This incisional surgical procedure allows the eye to drain fluid, lowers eye pressure and stops further progression of glaucoma in the affected eye.
If you’d like to learn more about the different types of glaucoma and their treatment options, visit the glaucoma treatment page on our parent website: oomc.com.
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