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Glaucoma is a vision-threatening condition with few symptoms to warn about the possibility of vision loss. In glaucoma, your eye’s nerves suffer damage that ultimately causes vision loss from your peripheral vision toward the center. Most often, glaucoma is caused by elevated pressure in the eye’s internal fluids.

Because glaucoma has few symptoms, it is important to have regular eye exams in which an ophthalmologist can evaluate the health of your eyes to determine whether you need treatment to prevent vision loss. If you have not had an eye exam recently, please call 888-514-2020 or email Armin Vishteh, MD today to schedule an appointment.

Understanding Glaucoma

Glaucoma is a disease that affects the optic nerve, which carries images from your eye to your brain. Most often, glaucoma is caused by a rise in intraocular pressure, the pressure of fluid inside your eye because the eye has lost its ability regulate the production and drainage of the fluids it produces. This is generally detectable only during an eye exam by an ophthalmologist.

There are many different types of glaucoma, categorized by their cause:

  • Open angle glaucoma– when the eye’s normal drainage system presumably becomes microscopically obstructed
  • Closed angle glaucoma– when the eye’s drainage system is blocked by the iris or other structures. Sometimes called “acute glaucoma,” you should seek emergency eye care if you believe you are suffering from this type of glaucoma.
  • Secondary glaucoma–when eye injury or eye surgery leads to elevated pressure
  • Normal tension glaucoma–when damage to the optic nerve occurs without elevated intra-ocular pressure
  • Ocular hypertension–when an elevation in the intra-ocular pressure is not associated with other glaucomatous changes. Ocular hypertension can develop into glaucoma.

In most cases, treatment can prevent vision loss from glaucoma related to elevated pressure. Even normal-tension glaucoma can respond to lowering of intraocular pressure.

Learn what glaucoma symptoms to look for in order to prevent vision loss.

Glaucoma Treatment

Glaucoma treatment is generally very successful in preventing vision loss. Treatment typically progresses through several stages:

  • Medications, typically eye drops
  • Laser treatment–generally selective laser trabeculoplasty (SLT)
  • Glaucoma Filtration Surgery

Most patients see good results with medications, although the dosage may need to be increased as the condition progresses. Sometimes patients may find the amount of medication they have to take to be cumbersome and desire laser treatment for improved convenience. Surgical treatment is generally only necessary in advanced cases.

Vision loss from glaucoma may be imperceptible at first, so it’s important to detect the condition early. Once you notice vision loss, it may be too late.

Why Choose Dr. Vishteh for Glaucoma Treatment

There are many places you can go for glaucoma treatment, but we invite you to talk to us and learn the benefits of personalized vision care for this and other vision treatment. Dr. Armin Vishteh is a board-certified ophthalmologist with decades of experience who offers an alternative to corporate medicine. He emphasizes one on one care and personally strives to give every patient the care they need to get the best possible results.

If you have not been tested for glaucoma recently, please contact Armin Vishteh, MD today for an appointment.