Dr. Randy J. Wild
What is it?
Glaucoma is an eye disease that left untreated can initially result in peripheral vision loss, and eventually to blindness. In the United States, Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness. It can be referred to as the "silent thief of sight" because in the early stages peripheral vision loss is undetectable by a patient.
It is important to get your eyes checked annually to ensure any problems are caught early.
The most common form of Glaucoma is called Primary Open Angle. In most cases this form is caused by increased pressure in the eye, which can lead damage of the optic nerve. Progressive forms of Primary open angle glaucoma can lead to blindness. This form of Glaucoma is not painful and can worsen without the patient experiencing any type of symptoms.
There is no cure for Glaucoma currently. Any vision loss caused by Glaucoma cannot be reversed, which is why it is important to diagnose and begin treatment early, to ensure minimum vision loss. Once it is diagnosed there are several treatments which can slow the progression of this disease.
If you are in the early stages of Glaucoma, medication may be used to slow this. These medications work by lowering the pressure in your eye(s). Along with taking these medications you may need to see the doctor more frequently to determine how effective the medication is, and if any changes need to be made.
In more advanced cases of Glaucoma surgery maybe necessary. Dr. Wild will evaluate to see if surgery is needed and will refer you to the appropriate surgeon. We do co-manage Glaucoma surgeries, so once the surgery is complete you can continue to see Dr. Wild for all of your follow-up care.
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