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Glaucoma

Glaucoma

Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness.  Your chances of developing this potentially blinding disease increase with age and other risk factors including race and family history.

 

According to the  National Eye Institute (NEI), 3 million Americans have glaucoma and they estimate it will rise to 4.2 million by 2030.  The disease affects over 60 million worldwide.

Glaucoma Risk Factors

Having a family member with glaucoma poses a major risk factor for your developing glaucoma.  Other risk factors include;

Anyone over age 60, especially Hispanic/Latino patients

Asian or farsighted

African Americans over age 40

Family History

Eye Pressure

If your are being treated for glaucoma, we urge you to talk to them about this disease and the importance of early detection.

Symptoms of Glaucoma

Patients with glaucoma, especially open angle glaucoma, usually have no symptoms until the late stages of the disease.   Early detection is paramount.

 

In most forms of glaucoma, the side vision is first affected.  As the disease worsens, significant loss of peripheral vision can occur with eventual loss of your central vision.  In severe cases, all vision is lost.

 

“Angle closure glaucoma,” and other forms, can cause pain, tearing, redness, blurry vision and nausea due to sudden increase in the eye pressure.

Diagnosis of Glaucoma

We specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma.  We are usually able to diagnose the disease with a complete eye examination and talking to you about your family and medical history.

 

Some of the diagnostic testing that may be performed during your visit may include;

Vision Testing

IOP – Intraocular Pressure (eye pressure)

Visual Field Testing

Pachymetry – Measures Corneal Thickness

Pachymetry – Measures Corneal Thickness

OCT – Optical Coherence Tomography

Dilated Eye Exam

Measuring your intraocular pressure is a significant risk factor for glaucoma and is routinely measured in every patient.  Visual field testing can demonstrate if there is loss of your peripheral vision.

 

Your corneal thickness can also influence the eye pressure readings.  For example, if your cornea is too thick, your eye pressure may be artificially high.

 

Optical coherence tomography (OCT) can demonstrate and measure damage to the optic nerve.

 

If someone in your family has glaucoma or if you have concerns, please call us and make an appointment!

Contact Us

Ophthalmology Practice

Providence Hospital
DePaul Professional Building
1160 Varnum St. NE, Ste 011
Washington, District of Columbia 20017
202-529-5200 (p)
202-529-1476 (f)

Washington Eye Glass Boutique (Optical Shop)

Providence Hospital
DePaul Professional Building
1160 Varnum St. NE, Ste 011
Washington, District of Columbia 20017
202-629-0802 (p)

HOURS OF OPERATION

Monday – Thursday 7AM – 4:30 PM Friday 7AM – 4PM