Glaucoma is a leading cause of blindness for people over 60 years old. But there’s good news, too: blindness from glaucoma can often be prevented with early treatment. Everyone is at risk for glaucoma - and that means we all should get a complete eye exam, including eye dilation, every one or two years. (Note that in addition to individual insurance plans, Medicare covers an annual comprehensive dilated eye exam for some people at high risk for glaucoma.)
At Luna Vision and Med Spa, we understand the importance of professional eye care services for conditions such as glaucoma. Whether you are due for an eye exam or you have specific concerns about your vision needs, our team can help you. Our eye exams and diagnostic testing are provided by Dr. Dutt, a board-certified ophthalmologist with over 22 years of private practice experience. She is also Fellowship Trained in Glaucoma treatment from Cornell Medical Center.
There are new advances in the treatment of advanced glaucoma call MIGS. Schedule an appointment to find out more. Your medical insurance will cover your exam.
“Glaucoma” refers to a group of diseases that damage the eye’s optic nerve and can result in vision loss and blindness. However, with early detection and treatment, you can often protect your eyes against the worst side effects of glaucoma.
Glaucoma can develop in one or both eyes and present with no pain or symptoms for a long time. This is why glaucoma is sometimes called the silent blinding disease - because only an eye exam can catch the illness in its early stages, before noticeable problems develop.
Eventually, people with glaucoma (who do not receive care) will slowly lose their peripheral (side) vision, and may even begin to feel as if they’re seeing the world through a tunnel. Over time, straight-ahead (central) vision may decrease until no eyesight remains.
Yes - if members of your immediate family have glaucoma, you are at a much higher risk than the rest of the population. In fact, family history increases the risk of glaucoma four to nine times.
Some people are at a higher risk than others for developing glaucoma. African Americans over the age of 40; anyone over the age of 60; and people with a family history of the disease are particularly susceptible to it. A comprehensive dilated eye exam can reveal more risk factors, such as high eye pressure, the thinness of the cornea, and abnormal optic nerve anatomy.
Glaucoma is detected through a comprehensive dilated eye exam that measures how well you see and how much pressure is present within your eye. By meeting with your eye doctor on an annual or biannual basis, you can ensure you undergo any glaucoma testing necessary.
Should a diagnosis be made, glaucoma treatments include medicines (i.e. eye drops), laser trabeculoplasty, conventional surgery, or a combination of any of these. While these treatments may save remaining vision, they do not improve sight already lost from glaucoma.
At Luna Vision and Med Spa, we will always discuss your specific care recommendations and options in-depth, allowing you to make an informed medical decision regarding your vision. To begin your care journey, please contact us.