Glaucoma Treatment From Our Monroe and Canton Ophthalmologists
If your eyes are developing the sight-stealing problem known as glaucoma, you can't afford to put off proper diagnosis and treatment. This condition is one of the world's leading causes of blindness, partly because many sufferers don't even realize that their eyesight is at risk. Thankfully, glaucoma can be controlled, minimizing the damage and helping to ensure many more years of good vision. Our Monroe and Canton ophthalmologists at Eye Surgeons Associates can prescribe both surgical and non-surgical treatment strategies to protect your eyes from the ravages of glaucoma.
How Glaucoma Affects the Eyes and Vision
Glaucoma can occur for a variety of underlying reasons, but one thing all these problems have in common is the destruction of the optic nerves, those bundles of nerve fibers that send visual data from the retinas to the brain. Most commonly, this begins when the fluid pressure inside the yes becomes dangerously high. The pressure is normally kept under control by a drainage mesh that allows excess fluid to exit the eye's interior. If the drainage system isn't working properly, the pressure builds until it does permanent damage to the optic nerves.
Most people with glaucoma suffer from open-angle glaucoma, characterized by sluggish but still-functional eye fluid drainage. The pressure buildup is so gradual that symptoms may not appear for years, finally causing vision loss beginning with the peripheral visual field. But some people are prone to a sudden, total failure of the drainage system, which produces a sudden, catastrophic spike in eye pressure called angle-closure glaucoma.
A Variety of Treatment Methods
Your first defense against glaucoma (and other eye diseases) is to schedule regular, comprehensive eye and vision exams at Eye Surgeons Associates. Our ophthalmologists can measure your eye pressure for danger signs while also examining your peripheral vision and optic nerve health. If you have glaucoma, you're in good hands at our clinic. We can provide a variety of treatment options depending on your specific needs and condition.
Many patients need nothing more than eye drops or oral drugs that help to regulate eye pressure. But if these options don't work, we can also administer painless outpatient surgical procedures. For instance, you may benefit from a trabeculoplasty, a laser procedure that helps your drainage mesh function better. If you have angle-closure glaucoma, you may be a prime candidate for a different laser procedure called an iridotomy.
Schedule an Appointment at Eye Surgeons Associates
You don't have to let glaucoma determine your visual acuity and your quality of life. Call our Monroe or Canton office to schedule an appointment at Eye Surgeons Associates!