Glaucoma is a progressive eye disease and the leading cause of preventable blindness in the United States. It is estimated that more than 3 million American suffer from glaucoma, though many who have the disease do not even know it because there are no noticeable symptoms and no eye pain involved. We at Batra Vision Medical Group can often detect glaucoma early during a comprehensive eye exam. If you currently suffer from glaucoma, our East Bay area offices offer a number of treatment options to maintain your vision and halt the effects of this debilitating disease.
Glaucoma is a multi-factor disease in which the nerve function inside of the eyes decreases and if left untreated results in complete vision loss. This is often a painless process with gradual vision loss which is unnoticed by most people until the end stages of the disease when treatment options are not as favorable. Factors that are measured when determining Glaucoma include eye pressure, peripheral vision function and physical changes in the appearance of the optic nerve.
The best way to determine if you have glaucoma is to schedule an appointment at our offices. During your appointment, we will discuss the various treatment options available so you can make the most informed decision about your eye health possible.
To schedule a glaucoma screening contact an ophthalmologist at Batra Vision Medical Group today.
While there is no cure for glaucoma, our offices offer a number of treatments ranging from medications to surgical intervention. Treatment of glaucoma involves protecting and prolonging functionality of the nerves inside of the eyes. The most proven method of doing this is by reducing the internal pressure of the eye. During a thorough eye exam, we will determine the best glaucoma treatment to meet your needs.
If your eyes do not respond to nonsurgical glaucoma treatment options, you may need to undergo a surgical procedure known as a trabeculectomy. During the procedure, a new passageway is created in the eye that allows the aqueous humor to filter out.
Sometimes referred to as the placement of glaucoma drainage devices or aqueous shunts, valve surgery involves the placement of a small valve to assist with the drainage of aqueous humor. Valve surgery is often used to enhance the results of a trabeculectomy.
If your eyes do not respond to nonsurgical glaucoma treatments such as prescription medications or eye drops, a doctor at one of our East Bay offices may elect to use laser surgery to relieve the pressure in your eyes and assist in the drainage of aqueous humor.
The iStent Trabecular Micro-Bypass stent for glaucoma designed to improve aqueous outflow to safely lower IOP. It is so small, you won’t be able to see or feel it after surgery but it will be continuously working to help reduce your eye pressure.
Dr. Batra was one of the first to offer iStent in the Bay Area.