What is Glaucoma?
Glaucoma is a progressive disease affecting the optic nerve and frequently associated with high eye pressure. Glaucoma is painless and can lurk symptom-free for decades, even in 20/20 eyes, so it requires careful screening. The doctors at Eye Center of New York screen for glaucoma on virtually every visit. This doesn’t just include an eye pressure check, but also an evaluation of the optic nerve. Since glaucoma has a genetic component, it’s important to screen family members who may be asymptomatic. Glaucoma is not to be confused with cataract, an aging and clouding of the natural lens, which will eventually occur in everyone.
Glaucoma is usually treated by pressure lowering eyedrops such as Xalatan (latanoprost) and timolol. In some cases laser therapy can be used to lower the intra ocular pressure. A new approach to glaucoma involves placement of a mini stent (the iStent) into the eye at the time off cataract surgery. Dr. Raviv is frequently able to reduce the need for drops following iStent implantation.