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Glaucoma Treatment

glaucoma treatment

Glaucoma is an eye disease associated with elevated eye pressure. This pressure can damage the optic nerve which can ultimately lead to vision loss.

Once the nerve has been damaged, vision loss is permanent. Fortunately, Kremer Eye Center’s glaucoma specialists, Dr. Jesse RichmanDr. Anthony Zacchei and Dr. Aaron Cohn, are very capable of successfully treating glaucoma in most patients, especially when the condition is caught early.

Kremer Eye Center has many glaucoma treatments available, ranging from eye drops to innovative laser treatments. Our glaucoma specialists will recommend a treatment plan after performing a comprehensive eye examination. This treatment plan is often influenced by the type and the severity of the disease.

Glaucoma can generally be divided into two major categories based on the configuration of the drainage angle of the eye. The eye produces a fluid called aqueous humor, which is essential in maintaining the eye’s shape and normal function. Eye pressure can increase as a result of a blockage of the drainage angle (closed-angle glaucoma) or problems within the drainage system itself (open-angle glaucoma.)

Closed-Angle Glaucoma

With closed-angle glaucoma, the iris blocks the drainage area of the eye, causing the pressure within the eye to become quite elevated. This form of glaucoma has a rapid onset and can cause severe eye pain, headaches, blurred vision, halos around lights, and even nausea and vomiting. Certain patients with narrow anterior chamber angles may be predisposed to develop this type of glaucoma and may require laser treatment to prevent it.

Open-Angle Glaucoma

This is the most common type of glaucoma and accounts for about 70% of all glaucoma cases. In this disease, the drainage area in the eye is open but does not function properly. Pressure generally builds up and vision is lost slowly. Open-angle glaucoma has no early symptoms.

Since most cases of glaucoma are not accompanied by pain or any noticeable symptoms, we encourage routine evaluations for all individuals over the age of 40 and for those who have any of the risk factors below. Our glaucoma specialists, Dr. Jesse Richman, Dr. Anthony Zacchei and Dr. Aaron Cohn, are happy to evaluate you and treat you as necessary to manage the disease and maintain good vision. Schedule a consultation today with the experts at Kremer Eye Center.

The only way to catch glaucoma early enough is by scheduling an annual exam with your eye doctor. Check out this video of Dr. Jesse Richman discussing innovative glaucoma technology with CBS News, along with our patient Ronald, recipient of the iStent, who learned he had glaucoma at a recent eye doctor visit.

 

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