Glaucoma, often called the ‘Silent Thief of Sight,’ can strike without warning. It is a progressive condition in which the major nerve of the eye, the optic nerve, is damaged due to increased internal eye pressure.
As many as 65 million people around the world have glaucoma and it is the leading cause of blindness and visual impairment in the United States today. It is estimated that over four million people have glaucoma in the U.S. but only half of them know it. The key to combating this silent thief of sight is early detection followed by ongoing management of the disease.
Wheaton Eye Clinic Doctors
The following physicians are Wheaton Eye Clinic glaucoma specialists:
Wheaton Eye Clinic glaucoma specialists provide comprehensive services, including glaucoma evaluation and testing, management of intraocular pressure and treatment, including surgery, laser treatments and implants, to improve drainage of fluid from the eye and reduce intraocular pressure.
Vision loss from glaucoma is not reversible with treatment, even surgery, so it is imperative that people experiencing these symptoms seek immediate medical attention.
At Wheaton Eye Clinic, glaucoma doctors perform an initial comprehensive glaucoma evaluation to:
- measure the pressure in your eye (tonometry)
- inspect your eye’s drainage angle (gonioscopy)
- inspect your optic nerve and photograph it (ophthalmoscopy)
- test your side, or peripheral, vision (visual field test)
- measure the thickness of your cornea (pachymetry)
- evaluate the thickness of the optic nerve fibers with nerve fiber analysis (eg. OCT)
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