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What is Glaucoma?

Glaucoma is a condition in which the optic nerve, responsible for sending visual information from the eye to the brain, is damaged. Most people do not notice symptoms until vision begins to digress. The result is a slow and gradual loss of vision, which may lead to blindness. Approximately 2.2 million Americans age 40 and older have glaucoma.

Glaucoma Treatment

Discover Vision doctors are committed to providing the latest glaucoma treatment methods available, including the SLT™ Laser (Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty). Traditionally, glaucoma is treated with eye drop therapy, lasers or other procedures designed to lower intra-ocular pressure.

Although glaucoma cannot be cured, early detection and treatment can help to preserve vision. If you are at increased risk for developing glaucoma, Discover Vision Centers recommends that you have your eyes examined every year. The American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends that patients over the age of 65 receive an eye exam every year to protect and maintain good vision.

Individuals at risk for Glaucoma include:

  • African-Americans over the age of 40
  • People with a family history of glaucoma
  • Individuals over age 60
  • People with other health conditions, such as diabetes
  • Individuals who have experienced a serious eye injury

Anyone who falls into one or more of these categories should talk with an eye doctor. If you or someone you know may be at risk for glaucoma, call 816.478.1230 today or click below to schedule an appointment. Discover Vision’s glaucoma specialists can help with diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma.

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