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Glaucoma is a serious eye disorder in which pressure inside the eye causes damage to the optic nerve inside the eye. Eye pressure needs to be checked regularly- ideally every three months.

There are many types of this disease but the most common is called Primary Open Angle Glaucoma. This condition affects at least 2% of the entire population and is more common in older people, African Americans and those with diabetes or a family history of glaucoma.

MVI will treat glaucoma cases in a variety of ways depending on the severity and history. Our treatment options include eye drops, laser therapy and surgery. The right choice for you will depend on the nature of your condition.

Glaucoma Symptoms Include:

  • Seeing halos
  • Vision loss
  • Eye redness
  • Hazy eye
  • Upset stomach/vomiting
  • Eye pain

Understanding Your Options at MVI

Laser therapy can be used in-office to improve drainage of fluid inside the eye, but may need to be repeated. If your condition remains uncontrolled, surgery may be necessary.

In any case, your eye pressure needs to be checked regularly. There are also acute forms of glaucoma in which the eye pressure suddenly rises causing redness, pain and vision loss. Warning signs before a glaucoma attack include seeing halos or rainbows around lights and nausea. This type of glaucoma is sight threatening and requires urgent treatment.

Commonly Asked Questions about Glaucoma

There are three basic types: Primary, Secondary, and Congenital. Primary glaucoma is the most common type and can be divided into open angle and closed angle glaucoma. Secondary glaucoma occurs as a complication of other conditions, such as injury, inflammation, or vascular disease. Congenital glaucoma is due to a developmental defect in the eye’s drainage mechanism.

Routine eye exams are a major factor in early detection. People with a family history of Glaucoma should be checked regularly at set intervals starting in their 30s. Detection is based often on intraocular pressure readings, but also includes observation and evaluation of optic nerve functions.

Glaucoma is the term for a group of eye diseases, which cause progressive damage to the optic nerve. Glaucoma is usually accompanied by high intraocular (internal) fluid pressure. Optic nerve damage causes a decrease in the individual’s peripheral vision, or visual field.

Sadly, yes. Up to 120,000 people become blind from Glaucoma yearly. It is a leading cause of blindness. The rate of blindness from Glaucoma is between 93 and 126 per 100,000 population over 40. Annual exams at Medical Vision Institute play a vital role in early detection.

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