Glaucoma is a disease that damages the eye’s optic nerve. It usually involves high eye pressure which causes loss of peripheral vision. Glaucoma can cause blindness if it is left untreated. Only about half of the estimated three million Americans who have glaucoma are even aware that they have the condition. When glaucoma develops, usually you don’t have any early symptoms and the disease progresses slowly. In this way, glaucoma can steal your sight very gradually. Fortunately, early detection and treatment (with glaucoma eyedrops, glaucoma surgery or both) can help preserve your vision.
At GTOC, your eye exam will include checking for glaucoma. You will have your eye pressure checked and a detailed evaluation of your optic nerve. We have the latest technology in diagnostic equipment including nerve fiber layer analysis. We also offer laser treatment in the office that can reduce or eliminate the need to take eyedrops. And if needed, our eye surgeons can offer you glaucoma surgery to preserve your sight.
Come See For Yourself what it means to get care from a glaucoma specialist at GTOC.
To learn more about glaucoma, you can visit the following websites:
- EyeSmart: What is Glaucoma?
- National Eye Institute: Glaucoma Information
- American Glaucoma Society: Glaucoma Basics and FAQs
- Glaucoma Research Foundation: Glaucoma Facts and Treatment Options
- The Glaucoma Foundation: About Glaucoma