Glaucoma is a disease of the eye where the pressure in the eye is high enough to cause damage to the optic nerve and therefore result in loss of vision. Glaucoma robs you first of your peripheral vision and saves the central vision until the very end. By the time a patient is symptomatic, the glaucoma has done 99% of its damage. Therefore, it is important to have regular eye examinations to rule out the presence of glaucoma as there is no way for the patient themselves to diagnose it.
The good news is that glaucoma can be managed if detected early. With treatment, most people with glaucoma do not lose their vision. Glaucoma is treated both medically, the use of eye drops or pills, and surgically, the use of laser surgery and filtering surgery. Our doctors will recommend an individual treatment plan that’s best for you.
When medical management of glaucoma is no longer effective or when surgical management may be a better choice, we may recommend surgical intervention with Drs. Barrus and Schultz, with the Cataract & Laser Institute. Both surgeons are highly skilled in medical and surgical management of glaucoma.