At The Eye Gallery, we understand the unique challenges and requirements that glaucoma places on the lives of the people it touches. As a team, we can work together to control your glaucoma, minimize its impact on your life, and manage its progression so that you can enjoy a lifetime of great vision.
An essential part of managing glaucoma is understanding its depth of progression. New technologies, which were unavailable even just a few years ago, allow our eye care team to take precise, up-close-and-personal photos of your inner-eye and optic nerve.
This intimate understanding of your eye health allows Dr. Baldwin to create and carefully monitor your treatment plan.
Schedule an appointment to meet with Dr. Baldwin and learn more about our approach to your eye health.
An estimated 3 million Americans have glaucoma, and half don’t even know it! Glaucoma accounts for about 12% of all cases of blindness.
Glaucoma is not yet 100% understood. What is known is that a rise in eye pressure can damage the optic nerve (which is responsible for enabling communication between the eye and the brain). However, glaucoma can also form when intraocular pressure (IOP) is normal.
Glaucoma treatment centers around controlling eye pressure. Medications, both eye drops and oral, exist that influence eye pressure. For most people, this management routine is sufficient.
When glaucoma does not respond to standard treatments, surgical methods (minimally-invasive laser surgeries) can be used to facilitate proper eye fluid drainage (and thus lower eye pressure).
Glaucoma has earned the nickname of “The Silent Thief of Sight”. Glaucoma often erodes vision, starting with side/peripheral vision, and does so without announcing its symptoms or drawing immediate attention to its progression.
Most people are unaware that their optic nerve is being damaged until after glaucoma has caused significant and irreversible vision loss.
One version of glaucoma – acute angle-closure glaucoma – presents serious symptoms that warrant immediate treatment from an ophthalmologist. These include:
Glaucoma is a bit of a misnomer. Glaucoma isn’t actually a single disease; the term “glaucoma” refers to a series of related eye diseases that cause vision loss through damage to the optic nerve.
There are many varieties of glaucoma. The two most common are primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG) and acute angle-closure glaucoma, which combined account for more than 95% of cases. Note that glaucoma is a lifelong condition that requires permanent management once diagnosed.
Open-Angle Glaucoma (POAG)
This version of glaucoma accounts for more than 90% of glaucoma cases and affects approximately 3 million Americans. It is called “open angle” because the angle between the iris and cornea is wide and open (as it should be).
It is caused by a gradual clogging of the eye’s drainage canals (which are responsible for allowing excess eye fluid to drain from the eye). As the canals clog, eye pressure builds and eventually damages the optic nerve.
Much less common than POAG, angle-closure glaucoma develops very quickly. It is caused by a diminutive angle between the iris and cornea, where the drainage canal is quickly clogged. This version of glaucoma causes the symptoms listed above and is quite painful.
If you are experiencing the symptoms of angle-closure glaucoma, seek medical attention immediately- your eyesight may be at risk!
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