Glaucoma is a condition where intraocular pressure (IOP) is too high and results in damage to the optic nerve in the back of they eye. There can be many reasons why eye pressure can become elevated including trauma, inflammation, reduced drainage etc. When glaucomatous damage occurs, the peripheral field of vision is usually affected first and then begins to move centrally as the condition advances. Treatment usually starts with topical eye drops which help reduce eye pressure. If drops are not successful, laser treatment or surgery are the next options. There can be a genetic predisposition to the development of glaucoma.
If you think you have symptoms of this condition, get in touch with us to schedule an exam!