Glaucoma Treatment – Los Angeles

Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases that cause damage to the optic nerve. The optic nerve carries images from the eye to the brain to facilitate vision. In glaucoma, eye pressure plays a major role in damaging the delicate nerve fibers that form the optic nerve. In general, we are born with an average of a million nerve fibers. In addition to age related attrition of fibers, there is an accelerated loss in Glaucoma.

What are symptoms of glaucoma and available treatments?

Glaucoma is known as the “silent thief of sight” due to the fact that there are no symptoms of the disease. Glaucoma is a condition where we lose our optic nerve cells at an accelerated rate, thus losing our peripheral (side) vision. Usually associated with elevated Intra Ocular Pressure or IOP, there are several “types” of glaucoma and you should see a glaucoma specialist. If you lose your peripheral vision, there is no getting it back. Often times, there is a family history component to the disease and you should see an eye doctor on an annual basis to make sure you keep your sight.

There have been great advancements in glaucoma treatments with lasers, drops and even surgical advances in shunts that allow for a better flow of aqueous fluid to reduce the eyes pressure and even more treatments are currently under FDA trial.

Glaucoma Symptoms and Treatment Options