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Cooper Eye Care

Optometry located in Upper East Side, Manhattan, NY & Dyker Heights, Brooklyn, NY

An estimated 3 million Americans have glaucoma, and only half of them are aware they even have the condition. At Cooper Eye Care in Upper East Side, and Dyker Heights, New York City, men and women in Manhattan and Brooklyn have access to a team of highly skilled eye health specialists that can assist in diagnosing and treating glaucoma. If you’re overdue for an eye examination, schedule an appointment today to preserve your healthy vision. Online booking is available, or you can contact the office by phone to schedule your visit.

Glaucoma Q & A

What is Glaucoma?

Glaucoma is a condition characterized by an accumulation of fluid within your eye, leading to pressure on your optic nerve and eventual vision loss.

According to the World Health Organization, glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness across the globe, affecting nearly 60 million people. There’s no cure, but the right treatment path can help slow the progression of your vision loss.

One of the most troubling things about glaucoma is the fact that there are often no symptoms until the condition has advanced to a dangerous level. That’s why it’s so important to schedule routine eye examinations, which include screening for glaucoma.

What Types of Glaucoma Are There?

There are two different types of glaucoma, primary open-angle, and angle-closure glaucoma.

  1. Primary Open-Angle Glaucoma: This is the most common form of glaucoma and develops gradually over time. If your eye doesn’t properly drain fluid it may build up, creating pressure that slowly damages your optic nerve.
  2. Angle-Closure Glaucoma: This type of glaucoma occurs when your iris is located just next to your eye’s drainage angle. In some cases, your iris can create a sudden and nearly complete blockage, allowing pressure to rise very quickly. This type of glaucoma attack is a serious matter and requires emergency care.

Routine eye exams at Cooper Eye Care not only allow your eye doctor to check for signs of glaucoma, but also provides important information about your risk level for developing the condition.

How is Glaucoma Treated?

Your optometrist at Cooper Eye Care has multiple treatment options to choose from in creating your customized glaucoma care plan. You’ll play an active role in determining which options to pursue, and you’ll be fully informed of the pros and cons of each path before making a decision.

All treatment efforts focus on relieving pressure on your optic nerve. Prescription eye drops can help. They work by either reducing how much fluid your eyes produce or increasing the volume of fluid that drains from your eyes.

Laser surgery is another option for open-angle glaucoma. The procedure involves using laser energy to alter the tissues within your eye in a way that improves drainage.

Another surgical approach called a trabeculectomy involves creating a new channel to direct the flow of fluid from your eye, which in turn reduces pressure on your optic nerve.

Your individualized treatment plan could include one of these treatments or a combination approach. To learn more about diagnostic and treatment options, book an appointment with Cooper Eye Care online or by calling the office today.