Early Treatment is Key
Glaucoma is a disease that damages the optic nerve of your eye. It typically happens when fluid builds up in the front part of the eye. This extra fluid increases pressure in the eye, damaging the optic nerve.
Glaucoma is a serious eye condition that can occur at any age, but is most prevalent in older adults. Glaucoma is one of main causes of blindness in patients over 60 years old.
Catching the disease early is imperative and early treatment can often help prevent blindness.
There are two significant forms of glaucoma. Primary open-angle glaucoma is the most common, but also the most gradual, causing no pain or vision loss at first. Regular eye exams are recommended to determine any early signs of damage to the optic nerve.
Angle-closure glaucoma (also known as “closed-angle glaucoma” or “narrow-angle glaucoma”) is less common but much more critical. The condition occurs when the iris comes too close to the drainage angle in the eye and causes a blockage, causing a quick rise in eye pressure. This is known as an acute attack is should be treated as an emergency.
The symptoms of an acute closed-angle glaucoma attack include:
- Severe eye pain
- Suddenly blurry vision
- Halos or rainbow-colored rings around lights
Our goal is to treat glaucoma while minimizing eye drop burden for our patients through a variety of in office and surgical procedures including:
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Abrams EyeCare specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma. Schedule an appointment today or call our office for more information.
You can learn more about glaucoma, warning signs, and treatments at the American Academy of Ophthalmology.
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