Early detection is critical
Research suggests an estimated two million Americans have glaucoma and don't even know it. If you're one of them, early detection is critical to preserving your sight.
Once you develop glaucoma, you will have it for the rest of your life. There is no cure, but with surgery and medication, we can stop further vision loss.
The best way to protect your sight is to get regular eye exams, including a glaucoma test. Many patients with glaucoma lose large amounts of sight before they realize there’s a problem. Early diagnosis can help us prevent that from happening.
Glaucoma can affect anyone, but some people are at higher risk. Risk factors include a family history of the disease, Hispanic or African ancestry, long-term corticosteroid use, and old eye injuries. Glaucoma screenings are recommended for anyone over the age of 40, particularly those with risk indicators.
Glaucoma may develop over years, or even decades, but it is possible to live a normal life and maintain normal vision with ongoing treatment and care. BayCare Clinic Eye Specialists has a fellowship-trained glaucoma specialist on staff and can offer comprehensive care ranging from medical management to laser surgery or surgical management.
If you need eye surgery, your procedure will be performed at Aurora BayCare Medical Center.