Glaucoma is sometimes referred to as the silent thief of sight because it can severely damage your eyes without causing any obvious symptoms. It’s important to get regular glaucoma screenings as part of your comprehensive eye exams, so you can get an early diagnosis and treatment. The team at Eye Care & Surgery includes glaucoma management and surgery experts, and they’re here to help. Eye Care & Surgery has two New York City locations in Washington Heights in Manhattan and another near the Grand Concourse in the Bronx, right across the street from Yankee Stadium. Use online booking or call your nearest Eye Care & Surgery office for glaucoma help now.
Glaucoma is the leading cause of irreversible vision loss in the world, and it typically occurs from eye pressure that is too high for that individual person. This high eye pressure damages the optic nerve, which transmits vision from the eye to the brain. If glaucoma is not diagnosed and treated early, it can result in permanent vision loss.
There are two common types of glaucoma.
Open-angle glaucoma develops slowly. It’s overwhelmingly the most common type of the disease, affecting about 2.7 million out of the more than three million Americans over 40 years old who currently have a diagnosis of glaucoma.
Narrow-angle glaucoma happens suddenly, causing serious eye pain, headaches, and visual symptoms like halos around lights. It’s a medical emergency and requires immediate treatment. Some open-angle glaucoma sufferers develop narrow-angle glaucoma.
The experienced Eye Care & Surgery team handles glaucoma management, treatment, and surgery of all kinds for glaucoma.
The reason that glaucoma-related vision loss is so common is likely because of its symptoms — or, more accurately, the lack of symptoms. Usually, glaucoma sufferers don't experience any symptoms at all until they have irreversible optic nerve damage.
This means that regular glaucoma screenings could save your sight. The team of ophthalmologists at Eye Care & Surgery always perform thorough glaucoma screenings to ensure that they can make the earliest diagnosis possible.
If you receive a glaucoma diagnosis, you can count on the glaucoma specialists at Eye Care & Surgery for expert management, including the latest surgical solutions.
Glaucoma treatment emphasizes lowering eye pressure. Options include:
Generally, treatment begins with eye drops and then includes other options if they don't stop glaucoma progression.
Sometimes, you might need preventative glaucoma treatment even if you don't have glaucoma at this time. Narrow angles is a condition in which the iris of your eye extends forward more than usual. This can block your eye's drainage system.
If more than 50% of your eye's drainage network is blocked, you might need a procedure called laser peripheral iridotomy to create additional drainage, which can help prevent a narrow-angle glaucoma attack.
The sooner you seek glaucoma support, the better your chances of preserving your vision. Click the online scheduler or call Eye Care & Surgery for help today.