The definition of glaucoma is optic nerve damage, usually due to uncontrolled intraocular pressure (IOP). The optic nerve can be thought of as a fiber optic cable connecting the back of the eye to the back of the brain where images we see are formed. When we are born, this fiber optic cable has a million nerve fibers. Ideally, we want to keep these nerve fibers throughout life, so that we can continue to form images and see.
Once enough fibers are damaged, vision is affected, and if the optic nerve dies, we can go permanently blind. Unfortunately, as of today, once optic nerve fibers are lost, they cannot be replaced. Therefore, it’s best to discover glaucoma early and do what is needed to prevent further worsening.
When glaucoma occurs, it typically happens because the intraocular pressure (IOP) is higher than it should be. Every eye with glaucoma needs a goal IOP that can help prevent further optic nerve thinning. MIGS can help you achieve that goal.
From well-controlled glaucoma to those patients needing further surgical intervention, Chittick Eye Care offers the latest in glaucoma treatments:
In Office Treatments:
- Minimally-Invasive Glaucoma Surgery (MIGS)