Glaucoma is a disorder associated with pressure in the eye, and is characterized by damage to the optic nerve.
Did You Know?
Glaucoma affects two million Americans, and half of those people are unaware they have the disease.
GLAUCOMA USUALLY DOES NOT CAUSE SYMPTOMS, SO MOST PEOPLE ARE UNAWARE THEY EVEN HAVE IT.
If you have been diagnosed with the disease of glaucoma, you will meet with our doctors as they structure an aggressive treatment plan. This treatment plan will be organized by the Gulf Coast Eye Institute glaucoma team and will require routine visits.
The goal of glaucoma therapy at Gulf Coast Eye Institute is to preserve the patient’s current level of vision and to prevent further vision loss. Treatment can vary, depending on the type of glaucoma diagnosed, the degree to which the glaucoma has progressed, the patient’s underlying risk factors and other variables. In general, prescription medicines (eye-drops and oral medications), laser procedures and operative procedures are all utilized in attempt to preserve vision.
Glaucoma is much more complex than most patients understand. For this reason, glaucoma subspecialist ophthalmologists train an additional one to two years beyond the three to four years of general ophthalmology residency training. It’s so important to choose a trusted and experienced doctor for your glaucoma management.
What Causes Glaucoma?
Glaucoma is caused by fluid build up inside the eye. This fluid puts pressure on the optic nerve. Eventually, the pressure becomes great enough to damage the nerve, preventing it from sending signals to the brain.
It is very important to note as a resident of the Harlingen, McAllen and the Rio Grande Valley, Mexican-Americans aged 60+ are at greater risk of glaucoma than the general population.
In addition, African Americans over the age of 40, individuals with diabetes and people with a family history of glaucoma face increased odds of having the condition. Even if you do not fall within these demographic groups, you should have a regular eye exam that includes a glaucoma screening, because this condition affects individuals of every nationality.
Learn more about your glaucoma treatment options at Gulf Coast Eye Institute!