Glaucoma is an eye disease affecting the optic nerve. It frequently goes undetected in its early stages and is one of the leading causes of blindness in those over age 60. There are many types of glaucoma and through early detection and treatment, your vision can be preserved and the health of your optic nerve protected. Our ophthalmologists provide comprehensive medical and surgical glaucoma care. In addition to glaucoma evaluation and medical treatment, our surgeons provide the latest surgical treatments for the disease, including minimally invasive glaucoma surgery.
Glaucoma is an eye disease that results in damage to the optic nerve over time. The optic nerve transmits visual signals to your brain, and as the nerve becomes more damaged this results in irreversible loss of vision, most commonly affecting the peripheral vision then later the central vision. Glaucoma is usually related to abnormally high eye pressures. There are different reasons why eye pressures become abnormal. This is why there are several different types of glaucoma which often require different treatments. Most types of glaucoma worsen over months to years without treatment, while a few types are fast-moving.
Treatment of glaucoma depends on the type and severity of glaucoma. There are a wide variety of available medical and surgical treatments today, ranging from prescription eyedrops and noninvasive lasers to more aggressive surgical procedures that are needed for more serious cases. The goal for most treatments is to safely reduce eye pressure which in turn slows down the progression of the disease. At Fry Eye Associates your physician will strive to maximize the balance of safety and effectiveness in determining which treatment is best indicated for each patients’ unique scenario. The end-goal of any of these treatments is always the same: prevent vision loss from glaucoma.
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