Glaucoma Symptoms and Treatment

Read articles about glaucoma symptoms, treatment, screening, how it may affect you, warning signs, new discoveries and surgical procedures related to eye health care by the doctors of ophthalmology at the Fort Lauderdale Eye Institute.

What Are the Symptoms of Narrow Angle Glaucoma?

If you’ve been experiencing eye trouble that you believe to be episodes of Narrow Angle Glaucoma, then it can be vital to learn about the eye problem and potential treatments for it. Narrow Angle Glaucoma is an eye condition you should educate yourself about, especially if you are experiencing the symptoms. But what exactly are the symptoms of Narrow Angle Glaucoma and how can the eye problem be treated best? […]

Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty for treatment of Glaucoma

There are two types of laser trabeculoplasty:

Argon laser trabeculoplasty (ALT)
Selective laser trabeculoplasty (SLT)

Selective laser trabeculoplasty is a safe, effective, and minimally evasive form of laser surgery that is used to lower intraocular pressure in patients with glaucoma and ocular hypertension.  SLT is the most commonly performed laser trabeculoplasty procedure because of its favorable safety profile.  It is referred to as “selective” because the laser that is used during this procedure has minimal heat energy absorption and is only taken up by “selected” pigmented tissue in the eye.

Benefits of SLT

May be covered by Medicare or other insurance providers
Uses selective photothermolysis to target only specific pigmented cells, leaving surrounding tissue intact
Not associated with systemic side effects or compliance and cost concerns of daily medications
Stimulates the body’s natural mechanisms to enhance aqueous humor outflow from the eye

SLT may be used as initial […]

Study Shows Generic Glaucoma Drugs Improve Medication Adherence

Every penny counts, even for a thing as serious as treating your glaucoma.
That’s the finding of a study published earlier this year in Ophthalmology, the journal of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Researchers from the University of Michigan found that medication adherence improved by 25 percent or greater in patients who had been switched to generic glaucoma drugs instead of higher priced brand name drugs.
Glaucoma is the leading cause of irreversible blindness worldwide, affecting over 2.7 million Americans aged 40 and older and 64.3 million people globally. It is an eye disease that damages the optic nerve, which carries the information from the eye to the brain. If those signals don’t get through, the person can’t see. The disease is thought to be caused by high intraocular pressure in the eye.
Drugs (called prostaglandin analogues or PGAs) […]

iPad May Become EyePad for Remote Glaucoma Screening

While you aren’t likely to see many people in Nepal playing Candy Crush on an iPad®, you could see iPads® there in the not too distant future. But they won’t be used for entertainment: they’ll be used to screen for glaucoma.

This could be the result of a study presented at the American Academy of Ophthalmology AAO 2014 conference in Chicago. The study used iPads and a peripheral vision assessment app to screen 200 patients in Nepal for glaucoma. The findings showed promise for the potential of using iPads to screen populations at high risk of developing the disease, but with no access to traditional eye care.

Why would this be important? Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness across the globe, affecting over 60 million people. The degenerative eye disease can be effectively treated, if it is diagnosed early. […]

What is Ocular Hypertension And How It Can Lead To Glaucoma

When the pressure in our eyes is higher than normal the condition is called ocular hypertension and the patient is considered a glaucoma suspect. If this is left untreated some people can progress to actual glaucoma and vision loss. Over the age of 40 there is a 5 — 10% chance of having ocular hypertension.

Do You Have Glaucoma and Not Know It?

Recently, our very own Dr. Keith Skolnick was asked to write an article for South Florida Caribbean News about Glaucoma.  Below is an abbreviated version of that article.  If you wish to read the complete article, please visit: South Florida Caribbean News

Glaucoma is the leading cause of blindness among African Americans and individuals born in Jamaica, the Bahamas and Haiti. In fact, the disease impacts six to eight times more African-Caribbeans than Caucasians every year and is the second leading cause of blindness worldwide. It can also affect any individual regardless of age, gender or race. More than four million Americans have glaucoma, but only half of those actually know they have the vision-threatening disease.


January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month

Glaucoma awareness is important because of its harmful effects should this disease go undetected.  If someone were going to design a disease to cause as much harm as possible, they would be wise to study glaucoma as a model.  They would want a disease that mimics glaucoma in that it is painless, slowly progressive and the damage it causes cannot be reversed. People with advanced glaucoma often have no idea that there is anything wrong with their vision until the tunnel of remaining sight is so small that they no longer function.

In open angle glaucoma, the buildup of pressure inside of the eye increases above the safe range so slowly that the body is unable to detect the change.  Slowly the damage to the optic nerve inside the eye progresses.  First, the side vision goes, producing tunnel vision.  Later […]