Glaucoma is a disease that affects the optic nerve, the part of the eye which receives images collected by the retina and sends them to the brain. Every eye maintains a certain amount of internal pressure, called intraocular pressure. When this pressure rises to abnormal levels, however, it can put extra stress on the optic nerve, causing significant damage. Optic nerve damage results in loss of vision, and ultimately blindness. Since this happens very slowly, you might not even know that you are losing vision until it is very advanced. The only way to know if your intraocular pressure is high is with a comprehensive eye examination, so contact us today to schedule your appointment.
At the Southwest Eye Institute, we take a comprehensive approach to glaucoma care, starting with a comprehensive eye examination including testing using our advanced glaucoma technologies. After we determine if you truly have glaucoma, we will discuss your treatment options which include eye drops, laser, and/or glaucoma surgery. If you have cataracts, glaucoma can often be treated at the same time as cataract surgery using microinvasive glaucoma surgery.
If you are experiencing any symptoms of glaucoma, we encourage you to contact Southwest Eye Institute today to schedule a consultation.