Glaucoma Care

Dr. Lamensdorf has treated thousands of patients with Glaucoma and is especially successful in the early diagnosis of Glaucoma, helping our patients to prevent major vision loss.

What is Glaucoma?
Glaucoma is not a single disease but a group of diseases which all cause damage to the optic nerve and, if not treated, result in a loss of peripheral or side vision and ultimately blindness.

Glaucoma is a disease of the optic nerve the part of the eye that carries the images we see to the brain. A clear liquid called aqueous humor circulates inside the front portion of the eye. To maintain a healthy level of pressure within the eye, a small amount of this fluid is produced constantly while an equal amount flows out of the eye through a microscopic drainage system (this liquid is not part of the tears on the outer surface of the eye).

If the drainage area is blocked, the excess fluid cannot flow out of the eye. Fluid pressure within the eye increases, pushing against the optic nerve and causing damage. There are two main types of Glaucoma, chronic open angle Glaucoma and closed angle Glaucoma.

Chronic Open Angle Glaucoma
Generally, open angle Glaucoma has no symptoms in its early stages and vision remains normal. When the optic nerve becomes more damaged, blank spots begin to appear in your field of vision. You may not notice these blank spots until the optic nerve is severely damaged and these spots become large. Blindness can result if all of the optic nerve fibers die.

Closed Angle Glaucoma
Some eyes are formed with the iris too close to the drainage angle. The iris may be pulled into the drainage angle and block it completely. The fluid cannot exit the eye and pressure inside the eye builds rapidly and caused the acute closed angle attack. Symptoms may include blurred vision, severe eye pain, headache, nausea, vomiting and colored halos around lights.

Those at risk for Glaucoma
Dr. Lamensdorf considers many kinds of information to determine your risk for developing Glaucoma. The most important risk factors include:

  • Aging
  • Family history of Glaucoma
  • African or Spanish ancestry
  • Past eye injuries
  • Diabetes, migraine headaches and poor circulation

Glaucoma treatment
Eye Specialists offers the latest advances in the treatment of Glaucoma including the SLT laser which has revolutionized the treatment of Glaucoma.

Medications
Glaucoma may be controlled by the use of eye drops although occasionally oral medications may be used as well.

Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty (SLT)
The SLT is used to treat open angle Glaucoma by clearing out the drain itself to help control the eye pressure. The results of the SLT may allow a patient to reduce or eliminate the use of Glaucoma eye drops. The beneficial effect of the laser may be lost with time; however, the SLT can be repeated. The SLT is an office-based procedure providing a convenient and comfortable setting for the laser treatment.

Peripheral Iridotomy
In closed angle Glaucoma, a laser creates a hole in the iris to improve the flow of aqueous fluid to the drain. This laser treatment is also an office-based procedure at Eye Specialists.

To schedule a Glaucoma consultation at Eye Specialists, call us at (941) 957-4987.

 

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