Glaucoma Evaluation and Treatment
When it comes to Glaucoma, early detection is key. The evaluation for glaucoma starts with a thorough exam that includes a measurement of the intraocular pressure and a look at the optic nerve, including a visual field and a picture called an OCT of the optic nerve.
If a diagnosis of glaucoma is made, effective treatment options include drops, laser therapy, or glaucoma surgery—all available right here at Dvorak Eye Clinic.
Dr. Dvorak is the only Ophthalmologist certified in the use of the trabectome in Central Minnesota, bringing skill and experience to the care and treatment of your eye.
Glaucoma is a disease that damages your eye's optic nerve. It usually happens when fluid builds up in the front part of your eye. That extra fluid increases the pressure in your eye, damaging the optic nerve.
It is estimated that three million Americans have glaucoma, but only about half of them know that they have glaucoma. Glaucoma is a leading cause of blindness for people over 60 years old. But blindness from glaucoma can often be prevented with early treatment. When glaucoma develops, usually you don’t have any early symptoms and the disease progresses slowly. In this way, glaucoma can steal your sight very gradually. Fortunately, early detection and treatment (with glaucoma eyedrops, glaucoma surgery, or both) can help preserve your vision.
The optic nerve is connected to the retina — a layer of light-sensitive tissue lining the inside of the eye — and is made up of many nerve fibers, like an electric cable is made up of many wires. The optic nerve sends signals from your retina to your brain, where these signals are interpreted as the images you see.
If you have questions or concerns about Glaucoma, please feel free to contact us here at Dvorak Eye Clinic.