What is Glaucoma?

Glaucoma is a disease of the eye that is caused by an increase of pressure within the eye.  If this pressure is left untreated, it may cause damage to the optic nerve that results in permanent loss of vision.  This is all a result of fluid not draining from the eye properly, which leads to pressure on the optic nerve that sends the messages to your brain that perceives sight. Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness.

Symptoms

 Acute angle-closure glaucoma

·      Severe eye pain, usually accompanied by nausea and/or vomiting

·      Sudden onset of visual disturbance, often in low light

·      Reddening of the eye

·      Blurred vision

·      Halos around light

Primary open-angle glaucoma

·      Tunnel vision (in the advanced stages)

·      Gradual loss of peripheral vision, typically in both eyes

Treatment

 Center for Sight can provide you with the most technically advanced treatment and the highest level of care that can be offered.  Although there is no cure for glaucoma, early detection is the best opportunity you can take to ensure control of the disease

·      Medications: A variety of different eye drops and oral medications are used to control glaucoma.  However, some of these drugs may stop working over time, or they can even cause unpleasant side effects.  When a problem occurs, your physician may try a different medication or discuss other treatment options.

·      Laser therapy Selective Laser Trabecubplasty (SLT): This is used to treat open angle glaucoma.  The SLT uses short pulses of energy to target the trabecular meshwork and reduce intraocular pressure that damages the optic nerve.  SLT does not cause any scarring of the trabecular network and therefore, is a repeatable procedure.

·      Mini Express Shunt: A tiny tube implanted in the eye to drain the fluid which helps lower eye pressure.