Through a comprehensive evaluation of your eyes, our team of eye surgeons can evaluate your eyes and assess your risk of developing glaucoma. If diagnosed with glaucoma, treatment at one of our Long Island offices - Smithtown, Riverhead, Deer Park, and Holbrook - can be undertaken to preserve and protect your vision. Though glaucoma cannot be cured, often times continued vision loss and blindness can be prevented through the use of medications, non-surgical glaucoma treatment, or glaucoma surgery. Please don't hesitate to contact North Shore Eye Care today to arrange a consultation - we would be happy to help.
Glaucoma is an eye disease that causes permanent vision loss. It is one of the most common causes of irreversible blindness. Even if you aren't experiencing symptoms related to glaucoma, you may still suffer from an early onset of the disease. Most patients with glaucoma are asymptomatic and do not realize that they are slowly going blind. Certain people are at higher risk for developing glaucoma, such as those with a positive family history of glaucoma, African-Americans over the age of 40 and all men and women over the age of 60. Open-angle glaucoma refers to a condition in which fluid from the anterior chamber drains out of the eye via the open angle where the iris and cornea meet. There is a spongy mesh-like tissue at this open angle which serves as a drain, but in some cases, it may be insufficient to properly drain enough of the acqueous humour. If this occurs, fluid buildup can occur within the eye and raise the eye pressure. Though medication, eye drops,non-surgical glaucoma treatment such as lasers, or in severe cases, glaucoma surgery, eye pressure can be lowered to reduce pressure on and damage to the optic nerve.
Because the underlying causes of the disease can be present even if there are no symptoms, it's very important for at-risk individuals to undergo routine eye examinations. Please don't hesitate to contact North Shore Eye Care today to arrange a consultation - we would be happy to help.