Glaucoma, the world's second leading cause of blindness, causes irreversible damage to the optic nerve. There is no cure for glaucoma, but surgery and medication can stop further vision loss.
Research suggests an estimated two million Americans have glaucoma and don't even know it. If you're one of them, early detection is critical to preserving your sight.
The best way to protect your sight is to get regular eye exams, including a glaucoma test. Glaucoma is "sneaky" and some patients can lose large amounts of vision before they notice any symptoms.
Glaucoma can affect anyone, but higher risk factors include a family history of the disease, African or Hispanic ancestry, prolonged use of corticosteroids, and past eye injuries. Glaucoma screenings are recommended for anyone over the age of 40, particularly those with high risk indicators.
Our Eye Specialists offer the latest state-of-the-art technology to diagnose glaucoma. We use Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) and Humphrey Visual Field testing to provide an accurate diagnosis and monitor glaucoma.
Glaucoma can typically be classified as either narrow angle glaucoma, in which the flow of fluid to the eye's drain is blocked, or as open angle glaucoma, in which drainage is not impeded. Treatment will vary based on which type of glaucoma you have.
Glaucoma may develop over years, or even decades, but it is possible to live a normal life and maintain normal vision with ongoing treatment and care. With a fellowship trained glaucoma specialist on staff, we can offer comprehensive care ranging from medical management to laser surgery or surgical management for this life-long disease.
With the Eye Specialists of BayCare Clinic, patients have access to some of the newest technologies in glaucoma care, including the minimally invasive Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty and the Express Mini Shunt. Also available are more traditional surgical approaches such as Trabeculectomy and Tube Shunt implantation. The objective with most glaucoma surgeries is to either create a new drain for the eye or reopen the eye's existing drainage channels.
As always, our focus is on patient-centered decision-making and education. When managing a lifelong (and potentially blinding) disease, it is of utmost importance that the patient and physician work as a team with an open exchange of information and a hands-on approach that is heavy on patient understanding of the disease process and treatment options. Our Eye Specialists ensure that you will be an important part of the treatment of your disease.
To schedule an appointment with one of our glaucoma specialists, call 920-327-7000 or request an appointment online.