Glaucoma Treatment in Palmyra, PA
If you are seeking glaucoma treatment in the Palmyra, PA area, consider the highly skilled glaucoma specialists at Eye Consultants of Pennsylvania at 770 Norman Drive in Lebanon.
As the leading ophthalmology practice in Lebanon, Berks, Lancaster, Montgomery and Schuylkill counties, the board certified and fellowship-trained ophthalmologists at Eye Consultants of Pennsylvania have vast experience in all current glaucoma treatments and surgical procedures and have helped thousands of people minimize the irreversible effects of the disease.
Our glaucoma specialists in Lebanon include Abhishek K. Nemani, MD, who completed his glaucoma fellowship at the prestigious Scheie Eye Institute at the University of Pennsylvania where he was awarded “Fellow of the Year.”
Two of the most common forms of glaucoma are primary open-angle glaucoma and angle-closure glaucoma.
Open-angle glaucoma: There are usually no warning signs or symptoms for this most common form of the disease. It progresses slowly, and you may not notice vision loss for many years. The only way to detect vision changes or damage to the optic nerve is to have regular eye exams.
Angle-closure glaucoma: This rarer form of glaucoma develops quickly. An acute attack may involve only one eye, but you will definitely notice the symptoms, and they may get worse over a few hours. They include:
- Sudden severe eye pain
- Headache or head pain
- Nausea or vomiting (along with the pain)
- Sudden loss of vision in one eye
- Sudden blurred or hazy vision
- Halos or rainbows around lights
- Redness of the eye
If you experience any of these symptoms, seek immediate medical attention at an emergency room. These symptoms do not necessarily mean that you have glaucoma, but they are signs of a potentially serious problem.
How is Glaucoma Treated?
If your eye doctor determines you have glaucoma, he or she may recommend prescription eye drops or medications, laser surgery, or another type of conventional surgery.
Each patient is unique – including their age, ethnicity, lifestyle, disease progression and other health conditions. Your ophthalmologist will work with you to find the right glaucoma treatment for you.
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.
Be sure to talk to Dr. Nemani about other glaucoma surgeries and promising developments in other forms of treatment.
If you live or work in Palmyra, PA, don’t wait for symptoms to occur before seeking glaucoma treatment at Eye Consultants of Pennsylvania in Lebanon. Early diagnosis and treatment can minimize vision loss before the glaucoma becomes too advanced.
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