Care and treatment of glaucoma
Glaucoma is a slow, progressive and asymptomatic disease of the eye. It is painless and vision loss may not be noticed until the disease is already advanced. It is the second-leading cause of blindness (after diabetes) for Caucasians and the leading cause of blindness for African-Americans in the United States.
Glaucoma is a condition linked to high eye pressure. Dr. Christopher Zieker and Mr. Steven Clark measure eye pressure to determine whether or not you have vision-threatening glaucoma. Since elevated eye pressure isn’t something you can feel or detect on your own, it is important to visit an ophthalmology practice like Zieker Eye regularly to get evaluated, particularly if you have any risk factors that may lead to developing glaucoma.
How we treat glaucoma
Our team at Zieker Eye generally treats glaucoma with eye drops you can administer on your own. As long as the elevated eye pressure is detected in time, blindness from glaucoma may be prevented.
Everyone should be screened on a regular basis for this disease to ensure it is caught as early as possible and to facilitate treatment. In addition to screening for glaucoma, a retinal screening by our team can provide insight into your vascular health, catching signs of damage that otherwise could go undetected.