Family-Owned Clinic Offers Glaucoma Treatment to Residents of Safety Harbor, FL
St. Michael’s Eye & Laser Institute provides comprehensive eye exams and effective treatment for glaucoma that can include surgery. As part of our commitment to helping residents of Safety Harbor and nearby Florida communities preserve their vision, we want you to understand exactly what glaucoma is and how to best treat this common condition.
What Is Glaucoma?
Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness for people over age 60. It develops when the eye’s drainage channels become clogged and are unable to drain fluids properly. The fluid build-up increases eye pressure, and it is this increased pressure that is called glaucoma. When eye pressure gets too high, irreversible damage to the optic nerve can occur, which can result in blindness.
How Is Glaucoma Diagnosed?
To test for glaucoma, your doctor will visually examine the optic nerve as well as the structures at the front of the eye to evaluate its ability to drain fluids properly. Your doctor will also measure your eye pressure and test your peripheral vision. Through regularly scheduled eye tests like these, eye doctors can detect small changes that may be the first signs of glaucoma. The earlier the glaucoma diagnosis, the better the chance that vision loss can be prevented or slowed.
Treatment for Glaucoma
Typically, treatment for glaucoma starts with prescription eyedrops to reduce eye pressure. If eyedrops fail to do so, laser treatment may be needed to improve the eye’s ability to drain fluids. Some patients may require a combination of prescription eyedrops, oral medications, and laser treatment.
At St. Michael’s Eye & Laser Institute, our doctors are experts in laser treatment for glaucoma. Our state-of-the-art facility in Largo is equipped with technologically advanced equipment to diagnose and treat a wide range of eye conditions. To schedule an eye exam at our facility, contact us today. If you’re a Safety Harbor, FL, resident over age 40 with a family history of glaucoma, contact St. Michael’s today to schedule an appointment for a comprehensive eye exam.