As you evaluate glaucoma doctors near you in Berks, Lancaster, Lebanon, Montgomery or Schuylkill counties, consider the highly skilled glaucoma specialists at Eye Consultants of Pennsylvania. We have five convenient locations in Blandon, Pottstown, Pottsville, Lebanon and Wyomissing.
As the leading ophthalmology practice in the region, our board certified, fellowship trained ophthalmologists have vast experience in all current glaucoma treatments and surgical procedures. The highly skilled team includes:
- Mehul H. Negarsheth, MD, who completed his glaucoma fellowship at Tufts New England Eye Center and Ophthalmic Consultants of Boston
- Abhishek K. Nemani, MD, who completed his glaucoma fellowship at the prestigious Scheie Eye Institute at the University of Pennsylvania
These glaucoma specialists will provide you with patient-focused care while helping you make informed decisions about treatment options that can minimize the irreversible effects of the disease.
If your ophthalmologist determines that you have glaucoma, he or she may recommend prescription eye drops, pills, laser surgery, or another type of conventional surgery. Every patient is unique, so it’s important to work with your eye doctor to find the treatment that best meets your needs.
Eye Drops & Medications: Glaucoma eye drops work to control your eye pressure, but they will not succeed unless you take them exactly as instructed. When eye drops alone fail to reduce eye pressure, your doctor may also prescribe pills. These eye drops and medications are absorbed into your bloodstream. It is important for your doctor to know if you are taking any other medications in order to prevent dangerous interactions.
Surgery: Glaucoma surgery can be used to treat open-angle glaucoma and closed-angle glaucoma. Although conventional surgery is often the first choice for closed-angle glaucoma, open-angle glaucoma is usually treated first with medication or laser surgery.
- Laser Surgery: The laser beam is used to make small changes in the eye’s drainage system to allow fluid to flow more easily and reduce the intraocular pressure. If the pressure is not adequately reduced or begins to rise again, your doctor may recommend conventional surgery.
- Trabeculectomy: The most common conventional surgery is a trabeculectomy, sometimes called filtration surgery, which is used in both open-angle and closed-angle glaucoma. The surgeon creates a passage in the white part of the eye (the sclera) to give excess eye fluid a new place to drain.
There are other glaucoma surgeries and promising developments in other forms of treatment. If you have glaucoma, discuss the alternatives with your doctor.
Glaucoma is a painless disease, often called the “silent thief of sight” because many patients don’t know they have it until significant vision has been permanently lost.
For more information about glaucoma treatment, schedule an appointment with the board certified, fellowship-trained glaucoma doctors near you at Eye Consultants of Pennsylvania. With proper treatment, we can help you prevent further vision loss.