Eye Health Problems and Glaucoma

Eye Health Problems & GlaucomaGlaucoma is the leading cause of blindness in the US.  It is most prevalent in people over 40 and those who have a family history of glaucoma.

Glaucoma is an eye disease, which creates increasing internal eye pressure. If left untreated, it can cause damage to the nerve fibers in the optic nerve and eventually vision loss.

Glaucoma cannot be prevented, however, if diagnosed and treated early, it can be controlled.  It is important to note that vision loss due to glaucoma cannot be restored. An annual eye examination is recommended for the early detection and treatment of glaucoma. During a comprehensive eye exam, Dr. Monetta will conduct a tonometry test to measure the pressure of the eyes, examine inside the eye to check the optic nerves and conclude with a visual field test to check for changes in the central and side vision.

The treatment for glaucoma includes prescription eye drops and other medication to lower the eye pressure.  On very rare occasions, Dr. Monetta may recommend laser treatment or surgery to reduce eye pressure as a means to prevent vision loss.


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