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WHAT IS GLAUCOMA?
Glaucoma is a disorder that occurs when fluid pressure increases within the eye. Over time, this pressure may cause irreversible damage to the optic nerve and result in vision loss. While there is no cure for glaucoma, prevention involving early detection and thorough comprehensive testing may help prevent future vision loss. Collins Vision provides state-of-the-art technology to test for glaucoma, including OCT (optical coherence tomography) that takes an image of the nerve to look for damage from glaucoma. Our physicians may recommend medications, usually in the form of eye drops, or suggest glaucoma surgical treatment to be performed by Dr. Collins or Dr. Friedrichs.
Glaucoma is an eye disease in which the passages that normally allow fluid in your to flow become blocked. Fluid begins to build up and increases pressure on the optic nerve. This built up pressure can damage the nerve fibers and blood vessels in the eye resulting in vision loss.
Glaucoma often does not have any symptoms until vision changes are noticed. At that point, irreparable damage has likely been done.
Glaucoma comes in many different forms, however, the two main types are open-angle glaucoma and angle-closure glaucoma. Both of these types are marked by an increase in pressure within the eye. Of the two, open-angle glaucoma is far more common, resulting in more than 90 percent of diagnosed cases.
While there is no cure or reversal for glaucoma, there are treatments avaialble to help manage the disease and minimize or eliminate the possibility of further damage. Management of the eye pressure can be done in a number of different ways. The experts at Collins Vision will help you navigate the best treatment options for your unique needs.