Glaucoma Treatment Available for Residents of St. Pete Beach, FL
Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness in people over age 60. The most common type of glaucoma is hereditary, and many forms of the condition have no warning signs or symptoms. Because glaucoma is often linked to abnormally high eye pressure, regularly scheduled eye exams that include measurements of your eye pressure are critical. As one of the most trusted eye clinics for residents of St. Pete Beach, Florida, St. Michael’s Eye & Laser Institute provides comprehensive eye exams and effective glaucoma treatment that can include surgery.
The American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends having a complete eye exam every five to 10 years for people under age 40; every two to four years for those ages 40 to 54 years old, and every one to three years if you’re between ages 55 and 64. The frequency of follow-up exams is based on the results of this screening. To test for glaucoma, your doctor will visually examine the optic nerve and use a special device to view the structures at the front of the eye to assess their ability to drain fluids properly. Your doctor will also test your eye pressure and your peripheral vision.
The most common treatment is the use of prescription eye drops to reduce eye pressure. Some patients may need more than one type of medicated drops. Depending on the severity of glaucoma, laser treatment or incisional surgery may be suggested to improve the eye’s ability to drain fluids. Treatment may include a combination of prescription eye drops, oral medications, and laser treatment.
Glaucoma Treatment at St. Michael’s Eye & Laser Institute
Since our founding in 1961, we have successfully performed glaucoma surgery on thousands of patients with different forms of the condition. Our ophthalmologists are experts in laser treatment for glaucoma. If you’re a St. Pete Beach resident over age 40 with a family history of glaucoma, contact us to schedule an appointment for an eye exam.