Glaucoma can cause uncomfortable symptoms like eye pressure and, if left untreated, vision loss.
Fortunately, Rockland Eye Physicians & Surgeons in Garnerville and West Nyack, NY, has effective treatment options.
See if you're at risk for developing glaucoma and how we can alleviate symptoms if they arise.
What Is Glaucoma?
Glaucoma is a group of diseases that can damage the optic nerve, the nerve that connects the eye to the brain, usually as a result of fluid buildup that leads to increased eye pressure. Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of vision loss in individuals across the globe and can affect people of all ages, though it is most common in the elderly. Symptoms associated with glaucoma include:
- Eye pressure and pain
- Redness and inflammation of the eye
- Nausea, vomiting, and headaches
- Halos in vision
- Blurred or tunnel vision
- Vision loss
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Glaucoma is a progressive disease that worsens over time, so treating it quickly is important. Dr. Glen H. Weiss is a board-certified comprehensive ophthalmologist who specializes in treating eye diseases. He can effectively treat glaucoma at our offices in West Nyack, NY, and Garnerville, NY, to manage and slow the progression of this disease and preserve patients' vision.
If you are experiencing any changes in your vision, it is critical that you receive an eye exam as soon as possible to protect your vision and quality of life. We invite you to reach out to us with our contact form or call our ophthalmology practice:
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Understanding the Types of Glaucoma
The most common form of the condition, open-angle glaucoma is often caused by limited or blocked drainage from the front compartment of the eye under the cornea. This condition can lead to an increase in the eye’s intraocular pressure, resulting from a buildup of fluid. Over time, the increase in pressure can eventually damage the optic nerve.
Unfortunately, there are generally few warning signs of open-angle glaucoma. The disease can advance quickly before you notice any changes to your vision. When changes do occur, they are likely to include blind spots in your visual field, which tend to progress over time.
Angle-closure glaucoma is a serious condition that is considered a medical emergency. The condition develops when the iris bulges and completely blocks the flow of fluid through the eye. Without timely attention from our doctors in Garnerville and West Nyack, acute angle-closure glaucoma can lead to serious damage to the optic nerve and potential vision loss.
The warning signs of angle-closure glaucoma often include eye pain, nausea, and visual disturbances. The condition can occur suddenly or gradually.
Glaucoma Treatment Options
Eye drops are a conservative treatment option that can help regulate intraocular pressure. They are sometimes enough to manage the condition.
If eye drops are insufficient, we may prescribe an oral medication to relieve your eye pressure.
Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty (SLT)
Selective laser trabeculoplasty is a kind of laser surgery that can treat open-angle glaucoma. During the procedure, advanced lasers target the specific drainage tissues within the eye to improve the flow of fluid from the eye and lower overall intraocular pressure. SLT takes just a few minutes to complete in our ophthalmology office.
Laser Peripheral Iridotomy (LPI)
To treat angle-closure glaucoma, our ophthalmology practice uses laser peripheral iridotomy, a treatment in which lasers are used to create a small hole in the iris. This widens the pathway to the drain of the eye, reducing the chances of the drainage pathway closing. A successful LPI can help prevent rapidly increasing eye pressure, damage to the optic nerve, and vision loss.
We will always try to manage your glaucoma with conservative treatment options, but will recommend surgery like SLT or LPI when necessary. If you have glaucoma, you will likely need some form of treatment for the rest of your life.
The Dangers of Untreated Glaucoma
Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness in people over the age of 60. When allowed to progress, glaucoma can eventually result in a complete loss of vision, which is irreversible. With our care, we can detect glaucoma early and protect your eyesight. Though glaucoma can’t be cured completely, it can be managed and we can help slow its progression.
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