Glaucoma currently affects more than 3 million Americans and is a leading cause of blindness worldwide today. This disease is called “the silent thief of sight” because it causes such gradual vision loss that it's often unnoticed until it becomes advanced. Due to this, it's important to have regular glaucoma screenings, even if you don't have any symptoms. At University Ophthalmology in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois, uses today's most advanced computerized diagnostics to detect glaucoma as early as possible, and they prescribe the most effective glaucoma management that exists today. Book your appointment online or by phone now.
Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases in which optic nerve damage causes vision loss. In most cases, glaucoma is caused by high intraocular pressure in your eye, but in rare cases, it's also possible to have glaucoma with normal intraocular pressure.
The most common type of glaucoma, primary open-angle glaucoma, develops when your eye doesn't drain inner eye fluid properly. Gradually, this increases the pressure inside your eye and then eventually damages your optic nerve.
Because the optic nerve is the way that you transmit images to your brain, this pressure can slowly steal your sight. Usually, vision loss from primary open-angle glaucoma is hard to notice, so it's rare to experience obvious symptoms. When symptoms begin, they often start with diminished peripheral vision.
In angle-closure glaucoma, your iris interferes with fluid drainage. This causes a blockage that can trigger an attack in which you have a sudden increase in your intraocular pressure. Unlike primary open-angle glaucoma, angle-closure glaucoma can cause obvious symptoms, including eye pain, headache, sudden hazy or blurry vision, and halos around lights.
It's usually not possible to restore your eyesight once it's gone, so it's very important to get glaucoma diagnosis and management as early as possible. The University Ophthalmology team uses today's most advanced computerized diagnostic tools to detect glaucoma in the earliest stages, and they prescribe treatment that slows the progression of the disease. Usually, a glaucoma screening is a part of your comprehensive eye exam.
Your glaucoma treatment may include daily eye drops in many cases. The eye drops can improve your fluid drainage, lessen your fluid production, or both. It's vitally important to use eye drops every day, exactly as directed, to maintain your vision when you have glaucoma.
In some cases, you might need laser surgery to improve your eye drainage. Your ophthalmologist can precisely create small openings in your inner eye drainage network or repair your drainage angle with a laser. Today's advanced glaucoma laser surgeries are highly precise and cause minimal damage to your eyes, so you'll heal rapidly afterwards.
The University Ophthalmology team has extensive expertise in glaucoma management, and they'll customize the optimal treatment plan for your needs.
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