Our eye surgeons are experienced in successful glaucoma treatment for patients in Kansas and all over the world. Glaucoma is an eye disorder in which the optic nerve is damaged in the back of the eye. It is often, but not always, associated with increased pressure of the fluid in the eye. Untreated glaucoma leads to permanent damage of the optic nerve and results in visual field loss, which can progress to blindness.
There are many different types of glaucoma. One person may develop nerve damage at a relatively low pressure, while another may have eye pressure for years and yet never develop damage.
Glaucoma can be divided roughly into two main categories – “open angle” and “closed angle (or angle closure)” glaucoma. Closed angle glaucoma can appear suddenly and is often painful. Visual loss can progress quickly, but the discomfort often leads patients to seek medical attention before permanent damage occurs. Open angle, chronic glaucoma tends to progress at a slower rate and patients may not notice they have lost vision until the disease has progressed significantly.
Glaucoma has been nicknamed the “silent thief of sight” because the loss of vision normally occurs gradually over a long period of time. It is often recognized only when the disease is quite advanced. Once lost, the damaged visual field cannot be recovered. Worldwide, it is the second leading cause of blindness after cataracts. It is also the leading cause of blindness among African Americans. Glaucoma affects 1 in 200 people aged 50 and younger, and 1 in 10 people over the age of 80. If the condition is detected early enough, it is possible to arrest the development or slow the progression with medical and glaucoma surgery means. The only glaucoma treatment that has been shown to slow or stop the progression of glaucoma is lowering the intraocular pressure, either by eye drop medications, laser or surgery.
Please schedule a consultation with Vision Surgery Consultants, so we can discuss possible a glaucoma treatment that best fits your needs.