Glaucoma refers to a group of eye diseases that impair vision over time, typically without warning or symptoms. Vision loss results from damage to the optic nerve, but how glaucoma causes this damage is not yet understood. It was originally thought that the optic nerve was damaged by high amounts of pressure. We now know that other factors must also be involved since patients without high intraocular pressure are losing sight as well. There is currently no cure for glaucoma; however, research is being conducted in search of one. Internationally recognized cataract and glaucoma surgeon Richard Lewis, M.D., as well as Jacob Brubaker, M.D., are involved in this research to find a cure. In the meantime, glaucoma surgery and other treatment options are available at Sacramento Eye Consultants to keep the disease from progressing.
Glaucoma can be very problematic to the vision and is the second leading cause of blindness in the U.S. Do not put off annual, routine eye exams. Often there are no noticeable symptoms. Early detection and treatment of glaucoma are best to slow down the damage caused by glaucoma. Glaucoma is a serious matter, however, once diagnosed simple lifestyle changes can be made in order to manage your disease. The doctor and you will discuss your options based on your personal case and needs.
To find out if you are eligible for glaucoma surgery or one of our glaucoma research studies in Sacramento, contact Sacramento Eye Consultants today.
Below are some links about glaucoma you may find useful:
http://www.glaucomaweb.org/Glaucoma: What Every Patient Should Know