Best Glaucoma Surgeons in Pennsylvania
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Glaucoma is a group of diseases that affect more than 70 million people across the globe. Glaucoma damages the optic nerve, and left untreated, can rob you of your sight. While multiple treatments exist for glaucoma, surgery is often the best option. Come to the best glaucoma surgeons in Pennsylvania at Eye Consultants of Pennsylvania.
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Glaucoma affects millions of Americans and even more people on a global scale. Sadly, glaucoma is a leading cause of preventable blindness. When a person has glaucoma, the pressure inside the eye builds up. The pressure has no way to escape, so it causes damage to the optic nerve over time.
There are several forms of glaucoma, but the disease in all its forms will silently rob a person of his or her eyesight. The decline in vision happens slowly over time, and most patients don’t even notice. Degradation of vision is the main symptom, but most people think it is just a “normal” degradation with age. By the time glaucoma reaches the later stages, there can be significant vision loss. At this stage, the disease is advanced, extensive damage has probably occurred and any vision lost cannot be restored.
Our physicians strongly recommend annual eye exams. They are extremely important. Early detection leads to early treatment. We won’t be able to remedy any vision loss that has already occurred, but our treatment plans are all designed to preserve any remaining vision. These exams are the only way we can detect the optic nerve damage that occurs with glaucoma. Our eye exams include several tests specifically designed to help us detect the early signs of glaucoma.
At Eye Consultants of Pennsylvania, we use three standard treatments for glaucoma: medications, laser surgery and conventional surgery. All treatments reduce the eye’s internal pressure buildup. Lowering this pressure translates to preventing any further vision loss.
In the early stages, our physicians generally start with prescription medications (pills or eye drops) designed to lower the eye pressure. We may also recommend a surgical procedure called laser trabeculoplasty. This is a low-risk and very effective surgical procedure done in our offices on an outpatient basis. It involves draining the internal eye fluid buildup to lower intraocular pressure.
If we don’t have success with the above methods, our physicians recommend the more traditional surgery. Sometimes, patients are not good candidates for the above laser surgery, so we recommend the conventional surgical option, in which the surgeon creates a new opening for the eye fluid to continuously drain.
Our surgeons are fellowship trained and have a great reputation as the best glaucoma surgeons in Pennsylvania. We have an excellent eye care team that is here to provide you the best eye care around. Just remember that regular eye exams are best for early glaucoma detection, so if it has been a while since you’ve had one, come see us. We have several convenient locations in the state to serve your needs. Give us a call today. We are ready to care for your eyes!
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