What is Glaucoma?
Glaucoma is one of the most serious silent diseases that can damage the optic nerve and cause total vision loss. Learn more about the latest treatment options and be proactive with the specialists at Levin Eye Care.
What is glaucoma?
Glaucoma is a cluster of diseases in the eye that results in higher pressure than the eye can handle. Overtime, this pressure can cause permanent loss of sight and even total blindness.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Q.What if I have cataracts and glaucoma? If you're suffering from Glaucoma and Cataracts and are preparing for cataract surgery the iStent inject® may be the right fit for you. The iStent inject® can be inserted during cataract surgery to help successfully manage intraocular pressure.
- Q.What causes glaucoma? Aqueous fluid in your eye is responsible for regulating pressure. Sometimes, the fluid can drain improperly, resulting in optic nerve damage. This damage is what causes your vision to be impaired. Although glaucoma can present itself without any prior family history, it is often an inherited disease. Individuals with a family history of glaucoma should receive annual eye exams.
- Q.How is glaucoma detected? During your eye exam, the provider will examine several aspects of your eye including: eye pressure, drainage angle, optic nerve, cornea thickness, and peripheral vision. Together, these tests will provide us with accurate information on the state of your eye and the possible presence of glaucoma.
- Q.How is glaucoma treated? With early detection, glaucoma is treatable. Depending on the level of severity, you may be prescribed medication in the form of eye drops to help regulate pressure in the eye. Other options include laser surgery which can increase the flow of fluid. In the most severe cases, we may perform microsurgery to create a new drainage channel resulting in lower pressure. These methods, in most cases, can be extremely effective.
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