Glaucoma is a leading cause of visual loss in the United States and the shame of it all is that this insidious disease is almost completely preventable. There are 3 principal types of glaucoma: congenital, primary open angle glaucoma, and angle closure glaucoma.
Congenital glaucoma, is a rather uncommon form of this disease and is present from birth. It is often associated with enlarged corneas.The other 2 types of glaucoma are adult onset with an incidence that sharply rises after one reaches their 40's. By far the most common type of glaucoma is primary open angle glaucoma. The angle refers to the space between the iris or colored part of the eye and the cornea. In this space lies the trabecular meshwork where all fluid that is produce within the eye drains. When these drainage channels no longer function normally a higher pressure gradient develops in order to allow fluid to drailn from the eye. This increase in pressure in turn can damage the optic nerve causing loss of vision. Open angle glaucoma can be treated with drops, laser, and sometimes surgery. Angle closure glaucoma can be either chronic or acute in onset. It is often associated with small, far sighted eyes and eyes wilth developing cataracts. This type of glaucoma is best treated with laser.
The eye experts of North Shore Eye Care have been diagnosing and treating this disease for the last 50 years. Over this time diagnostic and treatment of this disease has greatly advanced. All physicians in our office are Board Certified Ophthalmologists. We have been listed repeatedly in Castle Connelly's Top Doctors in the New York Metro area.
We treat people from all over Suffolk and Nassau counties on Long Island.