Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases that gradually steal sight without warning (“sneak thief of sight”). In the early stages of the disease, there may be no symptoms. Studies suggest that half of the people affected by glaucoma in the United States may not know they have it.
Risk factors for Glaucoma include the following:
- Family history, especially close relative with vision loss
- Age over 60 years
- Injury to the eye
- African-Americans (Hispanics in older age groups)
Glaucoma Treatment Options
Because many different types of glaucoma exist, treatments may vary between individuals depending on the type of glaucoma as well as other factors including one’s general health and wellness. Through early detection, diagnosis and effective treatment, you and your doctor can help to preserve your vision.
Most patients are adequately treated with eye drops, but some may require laser treatment or require various incisional eye surgeries. Click here for information on treatment options.
- selective laser trabeculoplasty
- laser peripheral iridotomy
- laser gonioplasty
- Kahook double blade goniotomy
- tube shunt drainage implantation
- endocyclophotocoagulation (ECP)
We are honored to have two of the state’s most acknowledged glaucoma eye doctors and feel confident in our ability to deliver the best in glaucoma eye care in the region. If you are a patient who has struggled with glaucoma and would like a second opinion, Dr. Shetty or Dr. Friedl would be happy to provide a thorough diagnosis and create a treatment protocol that is tailored to your needs.