Although glaucoma is a serious disease, early detection and prompt treatment can preserve vision in most situations.
Treatment options include eye drops, glaucoma laser surgery and surgery in the operating room. There are several different types of anti-glaucoma medications that are very effective. Most of these treatments are eye drops. Advances in laser technology allow glaucoma laser surgery to be performed in the office or in an outpatient surgery center. Laser glaucoma surgery is safe, quick and can provide excellent control of glaucoma. Some glaucoma laser surgeries can even be repeated when additional pressure control is needed. Treatments are usually covered by medical insurance.
When lasers and medication can’t control glaucoma enough, traditional surgery can be performed. Glaucoma surgery is usually done in the outpatient setting. Dr. Sasaki has subspecialty training in Glaucoma from the Jules Stein Eye Institute at UCLA and was the first fellowship-trained Glaucoma ophthalmologist in Long Beach. She stays current on the latest technologies and is up to date on the best treatments available. Today, minimally invasive glaucoma surgeries, such as iStent and Canaloplasty, offer additional treatment options which are appealing to our active glaucoma patients who want reduced dependence on eye medications or better control of their disease.
Glaucoma can be hereditary. If you have a sibling, parent or close relative with glaucoma, a screening eye exam can be the key to preventing vision loss. Many insurance plans, including Medicare, will cover an annual screening exam if the person is in a high-risk category.
You are at high risk for glaucoma if you have:
- Family members with Glaucoma
- Age over 60
- African American ancestry and age over 55
- Hispanic ancestry and age over 60
- Used Steroid inhalers or pills for other conditions
- Eye trauma or eye injury
- High Myopia or nearsightedness
- High Hyperopia or farsightedness
- Eye pressure over 20mmHg
- Very thin corneas
Anyone with high risk factors should be screened for glaucoma as soon as they realize that they are susceptible.
Early detection is the key to preserving vision. Call today for your glaucoma eye exam.
Additional information can be found at the Glaucoma Research Foundation website located at www.glaucoma.org. A free pamphlet titled “Understanding and Living with Glaucoma” may be ordered or downloaded in PDF format.