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Glaucoma Treatment

 
Dr DeCarlo has advanced training in diagnosing and treating glaucoma. Glaucoma is an insidious disease that can rob you of your vision. Typical glaucoma presents with high pressure in the eye which slowly damages the optic nerve.
 
Glaucoma has no symptoms, or very subtle symptoms, which means annual glaucoma testing is needed to detect glaucoma. In rare cases of Angle Closure Glaucoma pressure can spike in the eye to dangerous levels that cause immediate nerve damage, pain and vision loss. Annual eye exams allow your Optometrist to evaluate your risk factors for glaucoma.
 
Treatments for glaucoma are many but typically start with eye drops. There are laser procedures and other surgical procedures for more severe cases. 
 
Risk factors
  • Having high internal eye pressure (intraocular pressure)
  • Being over age 60.
  • Being black, Asian or Hispanic.
  • Having a family history of glaucoma.
  • Having certain medical conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and sickle cell anemia.
  • Having corneas that are thin in the center.

Inferior thinning (red dotted circle) corresponds to a super visual field defect since the inferior retina is responsible for the super visual field.