glaucomaGlaucoma is a term used to describe a group of diseases that can lead to damage to the eye’s optic nerve and result in blindness

In many people, increased pressure inside the eye causes glaucoma. There is a space in the front of the eye called the anterior chamber. A clear fluid is continuously being produced and draining through this area. If this fluid is being produced too quickly or draining too slowly, the pressure in the eye will rise. If this is left uncontrolled, optic nerve damage and visual loss can result.

Anyone can get glaucoma, but some people are at a higher risk than others. They include African-Americans over age 40, everyone over age 60 and people with a family history of glaucoma. Diabetics are also at greater risk for developing this disease.

Glaucoma is not curable, but is controllable with treatment. Treatment varies with the type of glaucoma, but includes medications, laser surgery or conventional surgery.

Our doctors comprehensive eye examinations including tonometry (the measure of the pressure inside the eye), a visual field analysis (the measure of your field of vision) and pupil dilation (which allows a better examination of the optic nerve) to determine your risk of developing glaucoma, further testing is completed and treatment is initiated as necessary.