What is glaucoma?
It is estimated that several million Americans have a vision-threatening disease called GLAUCOMA. Glaucoma is a series of conditions that cause optic nerve damage. Often, the disease is associated with increased intraocular pressure (IOP). Without treatment, glaucoma causes gradual, permanent loss of sight. Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness.
A healthy eye continually produces a small amount of clear fluid called aqueous humor that circulates inside the front portion of the eye and drains out. This process of fluid production, flow, and drainage is essential for maintaining normal eye pressure. In an eye with glaucoma, either the eye is making too much fluid, or the fluid does not drain properly – causing a buildup of intraocular pressure (IOP). This high IOP contributes to optic nerve damage which results in vision loss starting at the periphery.
Unfortunately, there is no cure for glaucoma. Any loss of sight that occurs before diagnosis and treatment cannot be restored.
Symptoms of Glaucoma?
Glaucoma is a disease that slowly steals your vision. There are usually no early warning signs at all or any symptoms of glaucoma. Usually develops slowly and sometimes without any noticeable sight loss for several years. For most who have open-angle glaucoma, you do not notice a change in your vision, the initial loss of vision is of side or peripheral vision. Unfortunately, by the time you are aware of any vision loss, the disease is may be advanced. With scheduled eye exams, early detection, and treatment, you may preserve your vision. Therefore, it is crucial to schedule a comprehensive eye exam at least once per year. It may help your eye care Glaucoma Specialist in determining what level of eye pressure is appropriate for you
Early detection and treatment are key to controlling glaucoma and preventing blindness. A diagnosis of glaucoma is based on a thorough review of clinical history and examinations that may include a visual field test and an optic nerve assessment.
Glaucoma Treatment with MicroPulse Therapy
The award-winning series, Innovations with Ed Begley Jr., featured IRIDEX MicroPulse therapy for glaucoma on CNBC. In this episode, three top glaucoma specialists share what it is and how it works, and three glaucoma patients share how MicroPulse therapy has helped them to control glaucoma. MicroPulse therapy is non-incisional and repeatable. It is an effective alternative to drops and invasive surgeries. Plus, it is covered by all mayor insurances and it is available in many parts of the United States and the world.
With glaucoma, peripheral vision is often lost first.
Without treatment, the disease progresses to complete, permanent vision loss.
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