Glaucoma is an eye condition caused by increased pressure in the eye that can destroy the sensitive nerve fibers responsible for vision.
Glaucoma affects approximately 2% of the population over the age of 35 and generally has no noticeable symptoms such as redness or pain. This silent thief of vision can cause permanent and serious vision loss before you are even aware of the change, leaving you with tunnel vision, or worse.
Glaucoma is most common in people with a family history of the disease, so anyone with a blood relative who has glaucoma should schedule an annual eye exam. Patients with systemic diseases requring steroid pills, sprays, etc., as well as African Americans and Hispanics, are also at high risk for glaucoma. Because glaucoma is such an elusive disease, early detection and treatment is imperative.
During your examination, your eye pressure and the condition of the optic nerve will be measured. If signs of glaucoma exist, more tests will be conducted and our doctors will create a treatment plan to maintain the best possible vision. This may include eye drops, laser (SLT) and or surgery.
New Test Identifies Glaucoma up to 5 years earlier than traditional testing.
The OCT is a new advanced examination in glaucoma diagnosis. A no-touch scanning laser provides a color coded thickness map of the nerve fiber layer and the optic nerve itself. The OCT is quickly becoming the gold standard in the evaluation and monitoring of glaucoma.
This test may be done at either our Downtown or Euclid office. Please call 216-574-8900 to schedule an appointment.