Every year, over 200,000 adults in the United States are diagnosed with glaucoma. While this condition is common, it is important for patients to understand that while treatments can help ease glaucoma symptoms, but it cannot be cured. A medical diagnosis of glaucoma shouldn’t be scary, and the team at North Suburban Eye Associates, P.C. is here to help!
What is glaucoma?
Glaucoma is a condition that can become a chronic issue and impact one’s vision. High levels of pressure in the eye can cause the nerve connections to become damaged. These nerves are the receptors to the brain that transmit images from the eye to the brain which allows patients to see. However, when these nerves are damaged, it can cause slow vision loss that gradually worsens with time. In very rare instances, patients may have visual disturbances, nausea, and extreme eye pain with a specific type of glaucoma called angle-closure glaucoma which requires immediate medical attention.
What treatments are used for glaucoma?
Once a diagnosis of glaucoma has been made, specifically the more common variety called open-angle glaucoma, patients can work with their doctor of ophthalmology to discuss treatment options. Below are just a few of the options that may be covered by a medical professional for patients to choose from:
- Medications – for the earlier stages of glaucoma, medications can be helpful in addressing the vision problems associated with this condition. Medication may include varieties such as Travoprost or Latanoprost, which can address high levels of pressure in the eye that contribute to the worsening of glaucoma. Beta blockers may also be considered and can be administered as eye drops to reduce eye pressure.
- Trabeculoplasty – with the use of a laser, a doctor can perform a trabeculoplasty which can improve the ability for the eye to drain fluids to in turn reduce eye pressure.
- Laser surgery – special laser surgeries can be performed to control bleeding while removing tissues of the eye with laser energy.
Do you believe you have glaucoma?
A definitive diagnosis of glaucoma can help patients start the process of finding an effective treatment option. If you are concerned that you have glaucoma and are located in the Wakefield, Beverly, Winchester, or Waltham, MA areas, we welcome you to book an appointment at one of our four office locations throughout the community. North Suburban Eye Associates, P.C. invites new patients to call the main line at (781) 245-5200 to request a consultation visit and initial evaluation.