Glaucoma is caused by high intraocular pressure, which can result in damage to the optic nerve. Glaucoma affects your field of vision as opposed to vision clarity, although it can lead to blindness if untreated.
While there is currently no cure for glaucoma, its symptoms can be treated with eye drops or surgery. Because there are various forms of glaucoma, a thorough examination with an experienced Kansas City ophthalmologist at Silverstein Eye Centers can determine the specific type of glaucoma you have as well as suggest the best treatment option for you.
Eye drops are typically the first treatment for the most common form of glaucoma, open angle glaucoma. Like glaucoma itself, there are numerous types of eye drops; your eye doctor can make a recommendation based on the specifics of your condition.
If you suffer from closed angle glaucoma, in which the iris blocks the open angle of your eye, surgery may be recommended. This form of glaucoma can lead to a rapid and dangerous building of intraocular pressure.
Again, there are different surgical options available depending on the type and severity of your glaucoma. Only a consultation with a qualified eye doctor can suggest the best choice for you.
If you would like more information about glaucoma treatment options, please contact the Kansas City, Missouri, ophthalmologists at Silverstein Eye Centers.