Glaucoma Specialist

Center for Advanced Eye Care

Ophthalmologist Surgeons located in Vero Beach, FL

Among the United States population, glaucoma is one of the top causes of blindness. Located in Vero Beach, Florida, Center for Advanced Eye Care offers top-tier glaucoma diagnostic procedures as well as medicated eye drops and laser procedures to treat the disease. While surgery is rarely necessary, the skilled team of ophthalmologists can perform surgery for glaucoma if other treatments can’t slow or stop your vision decline. To learn more about treatment for glaucoma, call the office or book an appointment online today.

Glaucoma Q&A

What is glaucoma?

Glaucoma is not just one condition. It describes a group of conditions that damage your optic nerve, which is the nerve connecting your eye to your brain that allows you to process visual input. Without treatment, glaucoma often leads to blindness. 

In most forms of glaucoma, the optic nerve damage comes from increased intraocular pressure (IOP). Fortunately, this risk factor is manageable. The team at Center for Advanced Eye Care finds out why your eye pressure is increasing and selects a treatment that will help you avoid a permanent decline or loss of vision. 

How is glaucoma diagnosed?

Center for Advanced Eye Care offers the latest in diagnostic technology for glaucoma, which also helps them explore the causes and complications of the condition in your case. Diagnostic tests involved in glaucoma care include Humphrey visual field analysis and optical coherence tomography.

You visit regularly for assessments like these as you undergo treatment for glaucoma at Center for Advanced Eye Care. 

Which type of glaucoma do I have?

Since there are so many types of glaucoma with different causes, it’s important for both you and your ophthalmologist to know which type of glaucoma you have so you can effectively manage it. The team at Center for Advanced Eye Care might diagnose you with:

Primary open-angle glaucoma

Primary open-angle glaucoma is the most common type and involves slow-draining fluid from the eye, leading to increased intraocular pressure. 

Angle-closure glaucoma

Angle-closure glaucoma is a medical emergency with sudden blurry vision, eye redness, and pain. Your eye’s drainage duct is suddenly blocked, and the pressure increases rapidly. 

Narrow-angle glaucoma

Narrow-angle glaucoma happens when your eye pressure decreases as the drainage duct narrows over time. 

Pseudoexfoliation glaucoma

Pseudoexfoliation glaucoma happens when the drainage duct gets blocked with residue from inside the eye. 

Normal-tension glaucoma

Normal-tension glaucoma is optic nerve damage despite a normal IOP range in the eye. 

What does glaucoma treatment entail?

Getting treatment for glaucoma as soon as possible helps you avoid vision decline or total blindness. In many cases, surgery isn’t necessary because you can use specialized eye drops to either slow fluid production in the eye or help drain excess fluid. 

If eye drops can’t treat your glaucoma, Center for Advanced Eye Care might recommend a laser procedure to lower your IOP. One surgery, called laser peripheral iridotomy, creates a hole in the iris to encourage better fluid drainage. 

Argon laser trabeculoplasty and selective laser trabeculoplasty open your trabecular passage to increase fluid drainage, and laser cyclophotocoagulation treats the ciliary body, which produces the fluid within your eye. The team uses laser cyclophotocoagulation if other procedures have not been successful.

Glaucoma surgery is only recommended if laser procedures and eye drops have both failed. 

If you’re experiencing a sensation of pressure or pain in the eye, don’t hesitate to call Center for Advanced Eye Care for a glaucoma assessment, or book an appointment online right away.