Glaucoma is a disease that damages a nerve at the back of your eye called the optic nerve. The optic nerve sends signals to your brain that enable you to see. If left untreated, glaucoma will cause a slow but steady loss of vision.
Glaucoma is caused by the buildup of fluid inside your eye. The buildup can happen because of a block in the outflow pathway where fluid normally drains out of the eye to maintain normal pressure. The blockage results in an increase of pressure, which damages the optic nerve. Early in the disease, patients may not have any symptoms so it is important for everyone to see an eye doctor to be screened.
While glaucoma is not curable, it can be managed through medications, laser and micro-invasive surgical procedures.
At the Associated Ophthalmologists, PC, our team of doctors will use a combination of medicine, laser surgery and minimally-invasive glaucoma surgery procedures to help maintain your eyesight. Our treatments are highly personalized, and your medical requirements and needs are always taken into consideration.