What is Glaucoma?
Glaucoma is a general term used to describe damage to the optic nerve caused by eye pressure. If glaucoma is not treated, pressure to the eye increases, causing loss of peripheral (side) vision.
High eye pressure occurs when drainage channels in the eye become clogged causing the pressure in the eye to increase. Most often in its early stages, glaucoma shows no symptoms. In fact, up to 40% of your optic nerve can be damaged before you notice any vision loss.
How Is Glaucoma Detected?
Regular and complete eye examinations are the best way to detect glaucoma. The tests are simple and painless. Our doctors will use these tests to diagnose glaucoma and determine the best treatment for the disease. Additional testing may include scanning laser polarimetry and automated threshold visual field testing to analyze optic nerve structure and function.
How Is Glaucoma Treated?
Damage caused by glaucoma is irreversible; however, medications, SLT Laser and/ or surgery are used to prevent further loss of vision when properly supervised by your doctor. Most glaucoma induced blindness is a result of not following your doctor’s advice about timely glaucoma examinations, diagnostic testing and the use of your prescription eye drops to control pressure.