The Link Between Diabetes and Glaucoma

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Glaucoma refers to a family of diseases that cause optic nerve damage. It affects approximately three million Americans, making it the second leading cause of blindness globally.  Diabetes has been…

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Beginning Signs of Glaucoma

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Approximately three million Americans have glaucoma, making it a common eye condition in the U.S. today. It’s also the second leading cause of blindness across the globe. Early detection is…

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Spotting the Early Signs of Glaucoma

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The optic nerve is responsible for sending messages from the eyes to the brain, making it essential for vision. Unfortunately, a variety of factors can cause optic nerve damage, and…

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January is Glaucoma Awareness Month

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Glaucoma is the second most common cause of blindness in the United States, and an estimated 1 million people in the U.S. over the age of 65 have glaucoma-related vision…

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Signs and Symptoms of Glaucoma—When To See Your Doctor

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Glaucoma is a very common cause of visual disability world-wide. Sadly is often preventable.

Many people with glaucoma have no early symptoms. So early detection is the key! The sooner glaucoma is diagnosed and treated the better the chances of keeping your eyesight in most cases.

Types of Glaucoma

Many people do not realize that there are actually many types of glaucoma. A common misconception is that the eye pressure has to be high to have the disease!

The most common type is open-angle glaucoma. In this type of glaucoma, there are few symptoms before vision begins to wane. The most common symptom that people notice is gradual loss of peripheral vision in from of the other eye. In advanced stages, you may experience tunnel vision. The eye pressure can sometimes, but not always, be high.

About half the people with open angle glaucoma have never had their eye pressures be high. This is called low tension glaucoma. However the appearance of the optic nerve can be an early tell tale sign. This is why you should never refuse dilation during your exam. If the examiner cannot see the nerve well, this important early sign may be missed. (more…)

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A Quick Guide to Treating Glaucoma

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Just like your joints are vulnerable to arthritis as you age, your vision is vulnerable to problems over time. If you’re lucky, you’ll experience nothing more than a bit of near- or far-sightedness, but if you’re like millions of Americans, you’ll one day develop glaucoma.

Glaucoma is a family of diseases that damage the optic nerve and prevent the eye and brain from communicating. It’s a serious issue that shouldn’t be neglected, especially since it can ultimately lead to blindness if left untreated. Luckily, there are many innovative glaucoma treatments available when you need them.

Cyclo G6 Laser

The Cyclo G6 Laser is one of the newest achievements in glaucoma treatment. The entire system is dedicated to treating glaucoma for patients who have not experienced success with eye drops but do not want to undergo surgery. It uses gentle technology capable of reducing intraocular pressure by 30 to 40 percent without the need for incisions or implants. If you want to extend or even eliminate the need for surgery while still improving and protecting your vision, Cyclo G6 Laser treatment is a perfect choice.

Kahook Goniotomy Procedure

This minimally invasive glaucoma procedure uses a Kahook Dual Blade to safely, effectively, and easily relieve glaucoma symptoms. Your surgeon makes an opening in the trabecular meshwork, which is a group of very small canals where fluid leaves the eye. This new opening allows fluid to flow out of the eye and relieve pressure. You can expect the The Kahook Goniotomy procedure to reduce your reliance on eye drops. (more…)

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Are You At Risk of Glaucoma?

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You take steps to protect your heart health and skin health, but what about your eye health? The truth is that adults over the age of 40, especially those of African American and Hispanic descent, are at highest risk of glaucoma. By educating yourself now, you can prevent unwanted eye conditions in the future and preserve your quality of life.

The Definition of Glaucoma

The eye achieves clear vision through a complex web of functions, one of which involves the optic nerve. An eye’s optic nerve is responsible for transmitting images to the brain. Glaucoma arises when the optic nerve can’t do its job and vision becomes compromised. Glaucoma is so serious that it can cause blindness in only a few years if left untreated.

Causes of Glaucoma

Glaucoma hurts the optic nerve as a result of increased pressure in the eye. That pressure builds when eye fluid fails to circulate to the front of the eye. As pressure builds up instead of flowing through, the optic nerve becomes paralyzed. Doctors have yet to establish the exact cause of this pressure, but they do know that it is an inherited problem passed from parents to children. Chances are, if one eye has glaucoma, the other will as well. (more…)

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Everything You Need to Know about Glaucoma

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Thanks to public awareness campaigns for health conditions like heart disease and diabetes, more people than ever before are aware of the signs and symptoms of problems that deserve immediate medical attention. Glaucoma is another such condition that should not be ignored, but you may not know as much about it. As an eye disease that stealthily and subtly steals your vision, glaucoma eventually leads to blindness without timely treatment. Here is everything you should know about living with glaucoma.

Why Does Glaucoma Develop?

Glaucoma can impact children, teens, and adults alike, though certain demographics like African Americans are more at risk than others. The condition is most commonly a result of dysfunctional drainage within the eye. The front part of each eye is filled with a clear fluid called intraocular fluid or aqueous humor. It is supposed to flow out through the pupil and be absorbed into the bloodstream through the eye’s drainage system. When this system works efficiently, eye pressure remains at a normal level and keeps the eye healthy. (more…)

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