Glaucoma is a common disease which can cause a progressive loss of vision if left untreated. The good news is that with modern day advances in technology, we now have excellent methods of diagnosing glaucoma and effective therapies for treatment of this disease.
Glaucoma affects the optic nerve of the eye which sends signals from the eye to the brain where they are processed to form images. In patients with glaucoma, there is a slow, progressive loss of the nerve fibers which make up the optic nerve. You cannot see your optic nerve but your Ophthalmologist is able to see it when examining you at the slit lamp, a special microscope for eye examination. He or she may use special lenses or devises to visualize our optic nerve.
If a you are diagnosed with glaucoma, there are several treatments available.
- Prescription eye drops
- Oral medications
- Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty (SLT)
If you have any concerns or questions regarding glaucoma or would like more information on glaucoma, please contact our office to set up an evaluation.