Glaucoma: Diagnosis, Treatment, and Surgery
In many cases, the risks for ocular disease increase with age. Patients over the age of 35 years are more susceptible to disease. However, Glaucoma is an example of ocular disease that may affect patients of any age.
Often referred to as “the silent thief of sight”, glaucoma is a disease that may show no symptoms. Unfortunately, this means patients are unaware of their condition until they begin to lose sight. In our offices, we proudly offer Heidelberg Retinal Tomography instrumentation allowing for the most precise method of managing change in patients diagnosed with glaucoma. We also provide Humphrey Visual Field testing, Digital Retinal Photography, and Pachymetry testing so that we may diagnose this devastating disease in its earliest stages. (The photo to the right displays a loss of peripheral vision, which is the initial loss suffered by patients with glaucoma.)
Glaucoma Diagnosis and Management
We are proud to be one of the first practices in Chester County to provide Optical Coherence Tomography (HD-OCT) testing. Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is an imaging method that uses light to scan the retina, and can be performed on undilated pupils. Using light to scan the retina and optic disc, this pioneering technology brings new clinical tools for the diagnosis and treatment / management of retinal disease and glaucoma. The OCT represents the new standard of care in the detection and management of glaucoma and macular degeneration.
In most cases, glaucoma is successfully managed medically through the use of prescription eye drops. However, in severe cases, medical management is not efficacious. In cases such as these, Drs. Reto, Halscheid or Bakker may recommend surgical intervention.