Glaucoma is a slowly progressing disease that can cause complete vision loss in both eyes if left untreated. This disease is the second-leading cause of blindness, affecting more than 3 million Americans each year.
As a rule, increased eye pressure over a long period of time causes optic nerve damage. Glaucoma cannot be cured and optic nerve damage is permanent, but if detected early, glaucoma can be monitored and controlled.
Glaucoma Diagnosis, Treatment and Monitoring
At Bloomberg Eye Center, we offer the latest in diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma. OCT Nerve Fiber Analyzer is one of the latest diagnostic tools to detect and monitor the progression of glaucoma.
Treatments available include eye drops, laser treatments, and surgery, all intended to lower the eye pressure. Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty (SLT) is the latest laser treatment available at our eye center to treat glaucoma. For more advanced cases, trabeculectomy surgery may be required.
Minimally Invasive Glaucoma Surgery (MIGS): iStent®
There is now a trend towards minimally invasive surgery to treat glaucoma. iStent® is a tiny device implanted in the drainage pathway to allow fluid flow and lowering of the eye pressure. iStent® is now FDA approved for use in conjunction with cataract surgery in patients who have borderline glaucoma control.