Glaucoma

Glaucoma

What You Need to Know

Glaucoma is a leading cause of blindness for people over 60 years old. Glaucoma has no symptoms in its early stages. In fact, half of the people with glaucoma do not know they have it! Glaucoma is an eye disease that develops gradually, usually over several years, causes no pain and presents only subtle symptoms that worsen over time. These symptoms include blurred vision, loss of peripheral (side) vision and inability to adjust your eyes to darkened rooms.

What is glaucoma?

Glaucoma is a disease of the optic nerve, which is a part of the eye that carries the images we see to our brains. Glaucoma occurs when fluid buildup in the eye causes excessive intraocular pressure. Although many people fear this potentially sight- damaging condition, early diagnosis and treatment can help maintain your vision for a lifetime. If you are diagnosed with glaucoma, there is a good chance that it won’t result in significant vision loss providing you maintain regular checkups and proper treatment.

Treating glaucoma

Our doctors will recommend treatment based on your individual needs. Eye drop medication is used to control eye pressure. If this approach does not effectively keep your eye pressure low enough, we may need to recommend advanced treatment options.

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