Glaucoma is a group of eye conditions that damage the optic nerve. The optic nerve sends visual information from your eye to your brain and is vital for good vision. Damage to the optic nerve is often related to high pressure in your eye, however it can happen even with normal eye pressure.
Glaucoma can occur at any age but is more common in older adults. It is one of the leading causes of blindness for people over the age of 60.
Many forms of glaucoma have no warning signs. The effect is so gradual that you may not notice a change in vision until the condition is in its later stages.
It's important to have regular eye exams that include measurements of your eye pressure. If glaucoma is recognized early, vision loss can be slowed or prevented. If you have glaucoma, you'll need treatment or monitoring for the rest of your life.
Dr. Reddy and her team at Ohio Ophthalmology will test your eyes in a variety of ways. First, they will check your visual acuity and measure the pressure in your eyes. Testing may include a visual field examination, corneal thickness determination and optic nerve head analysis. Using laser technology and enhanced computer imagery, we are often able to diagnose and detect problems before a patient begins to experience vision loss.
Glaucoma treatment is aimed at lowering intraocular pressure. We make different types of glaucoma treatment available. Glaucoma treatment typically involves either eye drops or laser eye surgery. When conservative measures fail, the best glaucoma treatment option may be surgery to lower intraocular pressure.