Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of preventable blindness in the United States. Most people with glaucoma have no symptoms at all and the diagnosis is picked up on a routine eye exam. There are two forms of glaucoma, open angle and closed angle.
The vast majority of patients with glaucoma have the open angle form, in which there is a gradual rise in pressure in the eye, resulting in loss of peripheral vision and damage to the optic nerve. The treatment is generally the use of eye drops to lower the pressure. Occasionally, a laser procedure is done to lower the pressure. Closed angle glaucoma is rare and patients are usually told during a routine eye exam that their eye is at risk to develop the condition. The treatment is a one-time laser procedure to prevent an attack of angle closure glaucoma. In both types there are no symptoms, and if not treated, it can result in irreversible vision loss.
Drs Gerstenfeld and Nejat perform all glaucoma laser procedures in the office. We have state of the art technology to follow glaucoma patients over time with imaging of the optic nerve and computerized visual field testing.