What is glaucoma?
Glaucoma is referred to as the silent thief because it slowly steals your sight before you realize anything is wrong, starting with your peripheral vision. It’s a leading cause of vision loss and blindness in the U.S.
Glaucoma causes damage to the optic nerve, which is accompanied by high pressure inside your eye. Blind spots being to form in your visual field when the optic nerve is damaged. If left untreated, glaucoma may lead to blindness in both eyes.
Advances in medicine have made it much easier to diagnose and treat glaucoma.
How is glaucoma diagnosed?
Dr. Gupta will perform an evaluation to get a complete medical history and eye examination, we may perform the following tests to diagnose glaucoma.
- Visual Field- tests a patient’s peripheral vision.
- Tonometry- a test to determine the fluid pressure inside the eye
- Visual acuity test- the eye chart test, which measures vision ability at different distances.
How is glaucoma treated?
Currently there is no cure for glaucoma. There are several effective treatment options for our patients to manage the condition including using drops as well as the latest and greatest in surgical options that you can discuss with your doctor and make the best decision.
Our doctors will help you make the best treatment based on:
- Extent of the disease.
- Your age, overall health, and medical history.
- Your tolerance for specific medications, procedures, or treatments.
- How the disease might progress.