Glaucoma Detection and Treatment

Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness in the United States.

Sometimes called the silent thief of sight, glaucoma can damage your vision so gradually you may not notice any loss of vision until the disease is at an advanced stage. The most common type of glaucoma, primary open-angle glaucoma, has no noticeable signs or symptoms except gradual vision loss.

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Clinical studies have shown that the early detection and treatment of glaucoma, before it causes major vision loss, is the best way to control the disease.  It's important to get your eyes examined regularly, particularly if you are considered at higher risk for developing glaucoma.  This high-risk group includes those with diabetes, a family history of glaucoma, African Americans age 50 and over, and Hispanic-Americans age 65 and over.

 

Managing Your Eye Health:

If you are at risk for glaucoma or diagnosed with the disease, there are important tests you will undergo at our office to help preserve your vision. These tests may include:

OptoMap — facilitates optic nerve comparisons, alerting your eye doctor to  potential evidence of glaucoma.

HRT  —  a highly detailed scan of the optic nerve and adjacent nerve fiber layer to detect eye health changes.  In most cases, clinical assessment using HRT allows us to detect changes in the optic nerve two years before any vision loss occurs for earlier and more effective treatment. 

HRT also enables your doctor to monitor the effectiveness of your glaucoma treatment plan. 

Threshold Visual Field –  a test to detect the presence of developing blind spots in your field of vision.  This is used to measure function of the eyes, but up to one-half of nerve fibers may not be working before a loss will show up.

Pachymetry — a measurement of corneal thickness, which is an indicator of glaucoma risk.

OCT —  a revolutionary tool in early glaucoma diagnosis that provides a high-definition, three-dimensional scan of your retina.