Glaucoma’s effect on your Vision, Part 2.

Glaucoma’s effect on your Vision, Part 2.

How is Glaucoma treated? There is no cure for glaucoma, but there is treatment and management.  First line treatment involves the use of eye drops.  The eye drops involves decreasing production of aqueous fluid or increasing outflow of aqueous fluid.  Should eye drops prove ineffective, or poor patient compliance, surgery is a consideration.  Surgery is not a first line treatment as some surgeries cause side effects of light sensitivity and increased glare. How do you monitor glaucoma? Standard of care involves measurement of eye pressures with an anesthetic and fluorescein, and evaluation…

Glaucoma’s effect on your vision, Part 1

Glaucoma’s effect on your vision, Part 1

Introduction Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness in the U.S.  The disease causes progressive damage to the optic nerve, irreversible vision loss and blindness if left untreated. Glaucoma most often occurs in people over age 40, although a congenital or infantile form of glaucoma exists.  The most common form of glaucoma, primary open-angle glaucoma, is associated with an increase in the fluid pressure inside the eye. This increase in pressure may cause progressive damage to the optic nerve and loss of nerve fibers, which results in vision loss.  Advanced glaucoma may even cause blindness.  Not everyone with high eye pressure will develop glaucoma, and many people with normal eye pressure will develop glaucoma. When eye care providers measure eye pressure, your results are compared to a…