Glaucoma

Beverly Hills Institute of Ophthalmology

Ophthalmology located in Beverly Hills, CA & Torrance, CA

Glaucoma causes decreased vision, and sometimes even blindness, and affects more than 2.7 million Americans over the age of 40. To prevent blindness, the most important thing is a fast response. For the best in glaucoma care, you can count on the experienced ophthalmologists at Beverly Hills Institute of Ophthalmology in Beverly Hills and Torrance, California. Specialized glaucoma surgery can improve the fluid flow in your eyes to restore your vision. Book your consultation by phone or through the online tool now.

Glaucoma Q & A

What is glaucoma?

Glaucoma is an eye disease that develops due to excess fluid (intraocular fluid) in your eyes. This additional fluid buildup pressures your eye's optic nerve. Glaucoma is frequently referred to as "the silent thief" because it's symptom-free in the beginning, and progresses very gradually.

If not diagnosed and treated, glaucoma can steal your vision before you realize what's happening. But, with early detection and treatment, you can slow down the progression of glaucoma and preserve your vision.

How is glaucoma diagnosed?

Glaucoma only causes symptoms when it's highly advanced. Most of the time, an eye doctor diagnoses glaucoma during a regularly scheduled vision exam.

To make a glaucoma diagnosis, your ophthalmologist at Beverly Hills Institute of Ophthalmology typically uses a specialized fundus camera to captures detailed color photos of your retina. With a series of fundus photos over time, your ophthalmologist can identify even very subtle changes to make a glaucoma diagnosis.

Am I at risk for glaucoma?

The exact cause of glaucoma isn't known, but the risk factors are well known. The most common risk factors for glaucoma include:

  • Myopia or hyperopia
  • A family history of glaucoma
  • Age over 40
  • African, Asian, or Hispanic ancestry
  • Previous eye injury
  • Thin corneas
  • Thin optic nerve

Chronic health conditions like diabetes, hypertension, circulatory disorders, or other conditions that affect your entire body can also increase your risk for glaucoma.

How is glaucoma treated?

In some cases, prescription eye drops are enough to lower your intraocular pressure and keep it stable to stop glaucoma progression. But, glaucoma surgery offers optimal results.

Glaucoma surgery improves the fluid drainage network within your eyes. This restores a healthy eye pressure and stops the progression of glaucoma. There are several different types of glaucoma surgery, including:

SLT laser

SLT laser surgery is a pain-free low energy laser that restores healthy intraocular pressure by increasing the size of the channels your intraocular fluid drains through.

YAG PI laser

YAG PI laser treatment prevents the most dangerous kind of glaucoma, narrow-angle glaucoma. Your surgeon makes a tiny opening at the corner of your iris to improve drainage. It may also lower intraocular pressure.

Trabeculectomy

The most common glaucoma surgery, in which your surgeon creates a new inner-eye reservoir to allow improved eye drainage.

Tube shunt procedures

If you’re not a candidate for a trabeculectomy, your surgeon may perform a tube procedure to lower your intraocular pressure. In this surgery, your surgeon implants a tiny tube or valve to reroute your intraocular fluid below your eye, so your blood vessels absorb and safely eliminate it.

Your Beverly Hills Institute of Ophthalmology surgeon will discuss all the glaucoma surgery options with you, so you know what to expect.

Call Beverly Hills Institute of Ophthalmology or book a glaucoma appointment online now.