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Glaucoma

Glaucoma is the leading cause of blindness in the United States. Many who are affected with this condition do not experience any symptoms and may not be aware that they have the disease until significant loss of vision occurs. Dr. Peter L. Menger, MD, at Menger Eye Center in New York can protect your eyes against serious loss of vision through early detection and proper treatment plan.

What benefits can be achieved by Glaucoma treatment from Menger Eye Center?

  • Regular complete eye examination
  • Early detection with different eye tests
  • Effective treatment tailored to each patient’s condition

Why Choose Dr. Peter L. Menger, MD, for treating glaucoma?
Board certified ophthalmologist Dr. Peter L. Menger, MD, can effectively and efficiently treat any condition of glaucoma using the most advanced research. Dr. Menger tailors a complete treatment plan according to each individual. The Ophthalmology team at Menger Eye Center can perform a complete eye examination and various tests are available for early detection.

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Glaucoma Questions & Answers:

What is Glaucoma?

Glaucoma is an eye condition that damages the optic nerve (which is very important for good vision) of the eye. The damage is due to the abnormal high pressure inside the eye. It can occur at any age but is most common in people over the age of 40.

What are the symptoms and types of Glaucoma?
The symptoms of Glaucoma vary depending on the type and stage of condition. The 2 main types are:

  • Open-angle Glaucoma: The symptoms of this commonly occurring condition are patchy blind spots in central and side vision. Frequently, both eyes get affected concurrently. Tunnel vision may also occur at a more severe stage.
  • Closed-angle glaucoma: This condition is the rarer of the two but immediate medical care is highly recommended if it happens. The symptoms include eye pain, eye redness, severe headache, nausea, vomiting, blurred vision, and halos around lit objects.

Which factors increase the occurrence of Glaucoma?
Glaucoma development chances are high for people above 40 that are experiencing any of the conditions mentioned below:

  • High internal pressure in eye
  • Family history of this condition
  • Medical conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease
  • Nearsightedness, eye injury or eye surgery
  • Early deficiency of estrogen in women before 43
  • Long term use of Corticosteroids such as eye drops.

How is Glaucoma treated?
Although the damage caused by glaucoma can’t be reversed, but regular checkups and proper treatment can slow or prevent the process of vision loss in case of early detection.

Dr. Menger will review your medical history and conduct a complete eye examination containing various tests to determine the nature of the disease.

Dr. Menger and his team aim to treat glaucoma by lowering the pressure in your eye. They will tailor a complete treatment plan keeping in view the situation, condition, type and the stage the disease is in. The treatment may include:

  • Eye drops
  • Oral medications
  • Glaucoma surgery and therapy: This comprises of laser therapy, filtering surgery, drainage tubes and electrocautery.

Please be mindful that without treatment Glaucoma can cause permanent loss of vision. Regular checkups, eye exams, tests, proper treatment plan will effectively slow down or prevent blindness from occurring so you may continue to lead a normal life.