Glaucoma Services offered at the Center for Eye Care and Optical
Untreated glaucoma silently steals your sight. This eye disease ranks as one of the top causes of blindness. Our eye doctors at The Center for Eye Care and Optical in West Islip, NY, want to stress the importance of annual eye exams to protect and maintain your eye health.
Overview of Glaucoma
Glaucoma is an umbrella term for a collection of conditions resulting from optic nerve damage typically caused by high internal eye pressure. Often patients are unaware of the disease because of its slow progression.
The two primary types of this disorder are open-angle, which is the more prevalent, and angle-closure. When aqueous humor in the eye cannot drain properly, optic nerve damage occurs due to pressure from blocked fluid.
Because many patients do not notice any symptoms until the disorder is advanced, vision screenings are important to detect it. Symptoms vary according to which type of the disease the patient has.
Individuals with the open-angle disease develop reduced peripheral vision and tunnel vision. Those with the angle-closure type are likely to experience a sudden onset of vision issues, halos surrounding lights, reddening of the eye, severe eye pain, and/or nausea and vomiting.
Many sufferers treated at our ophthalmology practice are at least 40 years old. Additional risk factors include:
- Family history
- Prior eye trauma
- Possessing poor vision
- Specific ethnic heritage
Treatment for Glaucoma
When a patient receives a glaucoma diagnosis after a comprehensive eye exam, the doctors in our ophthalmology practice begin steps to save his or her vision. The key to saving as much as possible is early diagnosis and treatment.
The objective of treatment is to lower an affected eye’s intraocular pressure and halt damage to the optic nerve. Prescription eye drops benefit some individuals. A combination of medicated drops and an oral drug helps others.
Various laser procedures boost fluid drainage. One creates a new drainage path through a small opening in the eye. An additional option is a surgery to implant a small tube to reduce pressure on the optic nerve.
Specializing in Glaucoma Surgery, Cataract/IOL, Anterior segment Surgery & General Ophthalmology