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Glaucoma

Glaucoma is a group of diseases which cause damage to the optic nerve, the nerve connecting the eye to the brain. Glaucoma can lead to irreversible vision loss and is the second leading cause of blindness.

Open Angle Glaucoma:

The most common type of glaucoma is called open angle glaucoma. It occurs in approximately 90 percent of those who suffer from the disease. In open angle glaucoma, the inner eye pressure (also called intraocular pressure or IOP) is too high for the eye to tolerate. This pressure causes irreversible damage to the optic nerve. Since this often does not cause pain, most people have no symptoms and no early warning signs. In fact, this type of glaucoma develops slowly and sometimes without noticeable vision loss for many years.

While most types of glaucoma cannot be cured, glaucoma can usually be stabilized with treatments and vision can be preserved. Such treatments include eye drops, oral medication, laser surgery (such as selective laser trabeculoplasty or SLT), and surgery in the operating room.

The doctors of Greenwich Ophthalmology Associates are highly skilled at screening for and diagnosing all types of glaucoma. In addition, Dr. Gina Gladstein is a fellowship-trained glaucoma specialist who is an expert in complicated and advanced cases of glaucoma. She is extremely knowledgeable and skilled at the latest in laser and surgical treatments for glaucoma.