Glaucoma, sometimes called “the silent thief of sight,” affects more than 3 million Americans, but many don’t know they have the disease. The team at Eye Surgeons Associates in Canton and Monroe, Michigan, expertly diagnoses and treats patients suffering from glaucoma. Having routine eye exams is the best way to identify glaucoma early and get the treatment you need to protect your vision. Call Eye Surgeons Associates today.
Glaucoma is an eye condition that develops when you have too much pressure in your eyeball, which can damage your optic nerve. There are two main types of glaucoma, open and closed-angle. You have tiny openings in your eyes that allow extra fluid to drain. When these drains are either open but sluggish or closed, the fluid in your eye can’t escape, which increases the pressure in your eye and on your optic nerve.
Most patients who have glaucoma have open-angle glaucoma. The pressure increases gradually, and you might not have any noticeable symptoms until you experience optic nerve damage, and you start to have blank spots in your peripheral vision.
Closed-angle glaucoma is much less common, but it happens quickly and is an emergency. If you develop any of the following symptoms, call Eye Surgeons Associates or go to your nearest emergency room immediately.
Your risk for glaucoma increases with age. Other glaucoma risk factors include a family history of the disease, increased eye pressure from another condition, and long-term use of corticosteroid medications.
In most cases, the team at Eye Surgeons Associates diagnose glaucoma during a routine comprehensive eye exam. Non-contact tonometry, sometimes called the “air puff test,” provides information about the pressure in your eyeballs. If you have an elevated result, your ophthalmologist performs additional tests to assess your eye health.
All of the physicians at Eye Surgeons Associates have years of experience treating glaucoma. In most cases, they prescribe eye drops or oral medication to improve your eye drainage and reduce the pressure in your eye. However, if medication doesn’t reduce your eye pressure, your ophthalmologist might recommend other treatments, including:
This is a laser treatment to improve drainage in your eye.
This procedure creates a small opening in your iris and improves drainage.
This laser procedure damages the ciliary body that makes aqueous humor (the liquid that fills your eye), reducing the overall volume of fluid and eye pressure.
This procedure creates a small flap in your sclera, or the outer layer of your eyeball, to improve drainage.
During this procedure, small silicone tubes are placed in your eye to create a permanent drainage path.
This is a minimally invasive surgery to improve drainage and reduce fluid production and pressure within your eye.
If you’re due for an eye exam or concerned about glaucoma, contact Eye Surgeons Associates or today.