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Glaucoma Treatment from Your Ophthalmologist in Phoenix, AZ

Do you suffer from glaucoma without being aware of it?  Around half of individuals with this vision problem have no idea that they have it.  Regular eye exams from your ophthalmologist in Phoenix, AZ are crucial in spotting its early signs.  Our staff at Eye Doctors of Arizona can offer patients a number of types of treatment.

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An Overview of Glaucoma

For many patients, a diagnosis of glaucoma comes as a shock.  Glaucoma is actually a term for a group of eye disorders that result in optic nerve damage.  Most patients experience few if any early symptoms. 

Glaucoma ranks only behind macular degeneration as a cause of blindness among Americans.  Worldwide, it is also #2, following cataracts.

Healthcare professionals link most incidences of glaucoma to ocular hypertension--pressure inside an eye that is higher than normal.  If the condition is not controlled, it can initially result in loss of peripheral vision and might end in blindness.

Eye doctors recognize two basic types of glaucoma, open-angle and narrow-angle.  The reference to angle pertains to the angle of drainage inside an eye that is responsible for controlling the flow of fluid—called aqueous—produced within the organ. 

In open-angle glaucoma, aqueous can reach the eye’s drainage angle.  When access is blocked, the classification is narrow-angle glaucoma. 

The most common type of glaucoma is primary open-angle.  Around 2.2 million U.S. patients suffer from this type.  Unfortunately, many individuals do not find out they have glaucoma until there is already permanent damage to the optic nerve, sometimes with vision loss that is permanent.

Glaucoma Treatment at Eye Doctors of Arizona

Our ophthalmologist at Eye Doctors of Arizona uses a number of tools to diagnose glaucoma.  The most common include:

  • Tonometer to measure intraocular pressure
  • Baseline imaging and measurement using sophisticated technology such as scanning laser polarimetry, optical coherence tomography, and confocal scanner laser ophthalmoscopy
  • Visual field testing
  • Gonioscopy to check drainage

Regular monitoring is important for glaucoma patients to check for any changes that could be signs of progressive damage from this condition.

Depending on the severity of glaucoma present, our eye doctor can provide three primary types of treatment:

  • Eye drops with medication to lower intraocular pressure
  • Laser therapy performed on an outpatient basis
  • Various surgical procedures

Our ophthalmologist notes that glaucoma is one of the most common eye conditions among patients who visit our practice.  Individuals can lower their risk for this condition by avoiding smoking, staying at a healthy weight, following a healthy diet that includes a variety of foods and maintaining an active lifestyle.

Schedule an Appointment with Our Phoenix Ophthalmologist

Ophthalmologists often refer to glaucoma as a silent thief.  To detect its earliest symptoms, schedule regular eye exams with your ophthalmologist in Phoenix, AZ.  Call 602-257-8280 today to make an appointment with our ophthalmologist, Dr. Warren H. Heller, at either of our two Eye Doctors of Arizona locations.  We provide complete and professional eye care services for patients of all ages.