Glaucoma is usually associated with increased eye pressure, it can develop with normal intraocular pressure as well. In general, as pressure increases, the optic nerve can become damaged, causing visual field defects. In the early stages of untreated glaucoma, peripheral vision may be affected and if glaucoma is allowed to progress, it is possible for the entire optic nerve to be damaged, leading to significant vision loss or irreversible blindness.
To diagnose and manage glaucoma, our eye doctor performs visual field testing, measures intraocular pressure and corneal thickness, and assesses, photographs and scans the optic nerve using the best technology available. In most cases, treatment for glaucoma will consist of eye drops and/or laser therapy. To prevent vision loss, we recommend that our patients with glaucoma visit us for periodic checkups.