Have you been diagnosed with glaucoma?
Don’t worry, come see us! So Dr. Schmidt can help you See Life Better.
Glaucoma – The Silent Thief of Sight
Glaucoma is a condition associated with pressure in the eye. It is characterized by damage to the optic nerve with slow vision loss that can lead to blindness. Glaucoma affects two million Americans, and half of those people are unaware they even have the disease. Glaucoma can run in families.
Mann Eye Institute is a leader in glaucoma diagnosis, treatment and management. Dr. Caroline Schmidt, M.D., is an ophthalmologist who specializes in glaucoma, and she diagnoses new cases every day at the Humble, Main Street and Katy locations.
“Glaucoma typically does not cause symptoms and it doesn’t hurt, so some people with glaucoma are unaware they even have it.”
Dr. Schmidt, Glaucoma Specialist for Mann Eye Institute
For this reason, Dr. Schmidt puts great emphasis on early detection.
“Every person over the age of 40 should have a comprehensive eye exam once a year, where they will be screened for glaucoma.”
Early detection could, quite literally, save your vision.
There is presently no cure for glaucoma, but there are many treatment options that can prevent patients from losing vision.
Dr. Schmidt wants her patients to enjoy a high quality of life while managing their glaucoma. She has extensive experience in both the newer minimally invasive techniques as well as conventional glaucoma surgery so that glaucoma patients can See Life Better.
Why is it important to see a glaucoma specialist?
Glaucoma is much more complex than most people understand. For this reason, glaucoma subspecialist ophthalmologists like Dr. Schmidt spend additional time training in a Glaucoma Fellowship after completion of a general ophthalmology residency. Dr. Schmidt completed her ophthalmology residency and glaucoma fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas.
It’s important to choose a trusted and experienced doctor for your glaucoma management.
Call us at 800.MY.VISION (800.698.4746) to schedule an appointment.
How is Glaucoma Diagnosed?
Early detection, through regular and complete eye exams, is the key to protecting your vision. Dr. Schmidt looks at several factors when determining a diagnosis of glaucoma. She considers:
- The appearance of the optic nerve
- A peripheral vision test (sometimes called a visual field test)
- Optical Coherence Tomography (also called OCT)
- Gonioscopy of the Angle (or drainage system of the eye)
- Pachymetry (or thickness of the cornea)
- Medical history
- Family history
How is Glaucoma Treated?
There are four main treatment options for glaucoma patients and Dr. Schmidt likes to explain each of them to her patients.
“There is no one-size-fits-all treatment for glaucoma. Each patient is unique and has different needs, wants and lifestyles. For that reason, glaucoma treatment is very individualized.”
- Laser treatments
- Minimally-invasive glaucoma surgery
- Conventional glaucoma surgery
For each patient, a personalized treatment and follow-up plan will be discussed and organized. The goal of glaucoma therapy is to preserve the patient’s present level of vision and to prevent further peripheral, and sometimes central, vision loss. The treatment plan will vary depending on the type of glaucoma diagnosed, the degree to which the glaucoma has progressed, the patient’s underlying risk factors, and many other variables.
“It is an exciting time to work in this field,” said Dr. Schmidt. “With the development of new minimally-invasive techniques, there is so much more we can offer patients to help them manage their disease and continue seeing well throughout their lives.”
Dr. Schmidt performs the following:
To discuss your glaucoma treatment options, call us at 800.MY.VISION (800.698.4746).