Unfortunately, glaucoma has no early warning signs, and many affected patients are unaware they have the disease until it has advanced. Once people have lost vision from glaucoma, it cannot be regained. However, early detection and timely treatment helps save the vision of thousands of people each year.” Glaucoma affects about 2.2 million Americans age 40 and over; another two million may have the disease and don’t know it.

    Glaucoma occurs when the optic nerve is damaged. The optic nerve sends the images the eye sees back to the brain. In most cases, increased pressure in the eye causes this damage. The damage to the optic nerve causes loss of peripheral (side) vision, although people are often unaware of this field of vision loss until the disease has progressed significantly. As the disease worsens, the field of vision gradually narrows and blindness can result. However, if detected early through a comprehensive eye exam, glaucoma can usually be controlled and serious vision loss prevented.

    Silverstein Eye Centers is one of the most highly respected Ophthalmic facilities in the Midwest. This local business is operated by Steven Silverstein M.D., a Board-Certified ophthalmologist.

    Silverstein Eye Centers strives to provide the most sophisticated eye care in a thoughtful and caring manner. They promote the highest standards of professional practice and offer the latest state-of-the-art technology to ensure optimum quality and superior results. The doctors and highly skilled staff dedicate themselves to practicing teamwork, while offering patients and their families comprehensive medical, and surgical eye care, tailored to their individual needs. They make every individual feel important while receiving the best care.

    Call 816-358-3600 for more information, or to make an appointment.

    Posted March 17, 2011 by Silverstein Eye Centers
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