What is Glaucoma?
Glaucoma is a disease that causes optic nerve damage resulting in vision loss.
It is commonly associated with high eye pressure but can also occur with normal eye pressure.
As a fellowship-trained specialist, Dr. Gupta is experienced in the latest medical, laser, and surgical techniques to help manage glaucoma. She utilizes the latest technology in diagnosis, visual field testing, optic nerve imaging, and treatment options.
Is Glaucoma treatable?
Yes. With early detection and appropriate follow up, glaucoma can be managed very effectively.
There is research that is constantly being done to help us understand how the disease works and how best to treat it.
Treatment options include:
Eye drops (multiple drops may be required to adequately control the eye pressure)
Dissolvable implants that allow the medication to be directly released within the eye
How do you diagnose Glaucoma?
While most people associate glaucoma with high eye pressure, you can still develop glaucoma even if your eye pressure is in the normal range. Glaucoma is a disease that affects the optic nerve. Thus, the diagnosis and management of glaucoma depends on the appearance of the optic nerve.
Dr. Gupta utilizes the latest technology to examine the optic nerve using OCT imaging and fungus photos and uses this testing to compare and watch for any changes in the optic nerve that may indicate that they disease is getting worse. She also performs visual field testing to evaluate your peripheral vision, which is most commonly affected in glaucoma.
What is "Narrow Angle Glaucoma"?
Narrow angle glaucoma describes a particular subtype of glaucoma in which the angle (or drain) of the eye is shallow, narrow, or closed. If this is the case there is a risk that the pressure in the eye can increase to a dangerously high level without any kind of warning. In addition to uncomfortable symptoms including burry vision, redness, headaches, nausea/vomiting, this sudden pressure rise can cause irreversible vision loss and even blindness. We call this entity an "acute glaucoma attack".
Through a comprehensive evaluation, Dr. Gupta can determine if narrow angles are present. If so, she may recommend an in-office laser procedure (LPI) as a preventive measure to help reduce the risk of this acute glaucoma attack.
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