What is Glaucoma?
Glaucoma is an eye disease where increased intraocular eye pressure can slowly damage the optic nerve. The disease’s cause is typically that fluid is allowed to accumulate in the eye, and the pressure increases like too much water in a balloon. This occurs when fluids are not allowed to circulate properly.
How Dangerous Is Glaucoma?
This disease is particularly dangerous for several reasons. Glaucoma is asymptomatic during stages. As eye pressure increases in the eye, optic nerve damage will lead to a very gradual loss of peripheral vision. This loss of vision will slowly make its way towards the central vision. This loss of vision is permanent! For this reason, many ophthalmologists refer to glaucoma as the “silent thief of sight”. When the optic nerve is damaged, it cannot be repaired, thus early detection and preventive measures are your best defense against this disease.
Open & Narrow Angle Glaucoma
Glaucoma can be treated in three ways: with eye drops, with a laser, and/or surgically. The goal of any glaucoma treatment is to prevent the loss of vision, as vision loss from glaucoma is typically irreversible. The good news is that glaucoma can be managed and vision loss can be minimized or even prevented if detected early.
For many patients, a regimen of medical eye drops may be all they need to reduce pressure within the eye and prevent optic nerve damage. Some patients may require treatment with a laser to correct – called Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty. This type of treatment is a fast outpatient procedure. For more serious cases that don’t respond to these treatments, we suggest surgery. We can make small changes to the eye’s anatomy to allow proper relief of fluid.
What Our Patient’s Say
“Very impressed! Excellent communication and professional disposition of Dr Rom and staff. I am very happy with my results. All questions were answered. Highly recommend.” – Joe W.
Schedule A Consultation
If you suffer from glaucoma, contact Insight Eye Center to learn more about treatment. Call our Mentor office at (440) 205-5840 or our Chardon office at (440) 286-1188 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Michael Rom.