Glaucoma affects more than three million American adults, and by 2030 the number is expected to see a 50% rise. If you discover glaucoma in the early stage, you don’t have to lose your sight. At Center for Sight of New York in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn in New York City, the experienced eye care professionals use advanced screening processes to diagnose glaucoma. Then, after diagnosis, you can rely on the same team for comprehensive glaucoma monitoring and state-of-the-art treatments, including laser procedures as needed. Call the office or request an appointment online today.
Glaucoma is a serious eye disease in which damage to your eye’s optic nerve leads to vision loss. The two most common variants of glaucoma are:
Open-angle glaucoma, the most common form, develops when your trabecular meshwork, the microscopic drainage system within your eye’s drainage angle, doesn’t function well. This causes fluid accumulation in the front part of your eye and leads to high eye pressure, which triggers optic nerve damage. Open-angle glaucoma is generally symptomless at first.
Closed-angle glaucoma develops if your iris (the colored ring in your eye) presses up against your cornea (the clear protective dome at the front of your eye). This blocks your eye’s drainage angle and trabecular meshwork, causing an increase in eye pressure. Closed-angle glaucoma often develops gradually, which is called chronic closed-angle glaucoma.
You might not experience closed-angle glaucoma symptoms until the damage grows serious or you have complete drain blockage (an acute attack). An acute attack is a medical emergency that can happen suddenly. Acute attack symptoms can include sudden vision blurring, eye pain, headache, nausea, vomiting, and halos around lights.
You can’t depend on symptoms to tell you if you have glaucoma, so it’s crucial to have eye exams at the Center for Sight of New York regularly.
At Center for Sight of New York, comprehensive eye exams include glaucoma screening. Screening methods can include:
The team uses the latest state-of-the-art technology like optical coherence tomographic (OCT) angiography to identify glaucoma as early as possible.
Center for Sight of New York offers comprehensive glaucoma monitoring and care. Often, management starts with eye drops that lower your eye pressure by either reducing the amount of eye fluid you produce or improving fluid flow as it leaves your eye.
In-office laser procedures like trabeculoplasty, which improves drainage angle in open-angle glaucoma, or iridotomy, which creates a new fluid route in your iris in closed-angle glaucoma, are often effective in delaying glaucoma progression.
For advanced glaucoma, you may need glaucoma surgery like trabeculectomy or drainage tube implantation. Both of these surgeries create a new reservoir for eye fluid so your nearby tissues can absorb the fluid safely to lower eye pressure.
For comprehensive glaucoma care, call Center for Sight of New York or request your appointment online today.