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Glaucoma Management

What Is Glaucoma?

Glaucoma is a condition associated with higher-than-normal pressure in the eye. It is characterized by damage to the delicate fibers that make up the optic nerve resulting in slow vision loss that can lead to blindness. Glaucoma affects approximately two million Americans, and half of those people are unaware they even have the disease.

For this reason, Mann Eye Institute puts great emphasis on early detection. Every person over the age of 40 should have a comprehensive eye exam once a year, including a screening for glaucoma.

What Causes Glaucoma?

The exact cause of glaucoma is unknown. But technically speaking, the passages that normally allow fluid within your eye to drain become clogged or blocked, increasing pressure on the optic nerve. The increased pressure can damage nerve fibers and blood vessels, resulting in vision loss.

Is There More Than One Type of Glaucoma?

There are several types of glaucoma, but the two main types are open-angle glaucoma and angle-closure or closed-angle glaucoma. Both are marked by increased pressure in the eye. According to the Glaucoma Research Foundation, open-angle glaucoma is the most common form, accounting for around 90% of all glaucoma cases.

How is Glaucoma Diagnosed?

In most cases, glaucoma doesn’t have any symptoms beyond slow vision loss. For this reason, glaucoma screening is an essential part of every comprehensive eye exam at Mann Eye Institute. If glaucoma is detected, our experienced glaucoma specialists will look at the following factors in an in-depth glaucoma evaluation:

  • 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
  • Glaucoma chart
Glaucoma test

Does glaucoma run in your family? Schedule your comprehensive eye exam today to determine your risk for developing this sight-stealing condition.

How is Glaucoma Treated?

While there is no cure for glaucoma at this time, it can be controlled and stabilized by maintaining proper eye pressure. It’s important to choose a trusted and experienced doctor for your glaucoma management.

The goal of glaucoma treatment at Mann Eye Institute is to preserve your current level of vision and to prevent further vision loss. Treatment can vary, depending on the type of glaucoma diagnosed, the degree to which the glaucoma has progressed, your underlying risk factors and other variables. Glaucoma treatment falls into the following categories:

Glaucoma is much more complex than most people understand. For this reason, glaucoma subspecialist ophthalmologists train an additional year beyond the four years of ophthalmology residency training. It’s important to choose a trusted and experienced doctor for your glaucoma management.

Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness in the world today. It often has no symptoms – especially in its early stages – earning its reputation as “the silent thief of sight”.

Glaucoma Chart

Locations

The Mann Eye Institute is a leading eye care facility with eighteen locations in Humble, West Humble, Houston, Central Austin, North Austin, Sugar Land, Katy, Spring, The Woodlands Market Street, Livingston, Bay City, Pearland, Baytown, Tomball and Cleveland, Texas. With various locations in the Houston and Austin areas we can provide the full continuum of care, including; designer eyewear and eye care needs, LASIK eye surgery, cataract surgery, premium lens implants and dry eye treatment options. If you are seeking expert eye doctors in Texas contact us today!

Copperfield Office
6860 Highway 6 North, Ste. A
Houston, TX 77084
(281) 500-9605

Houston Fannin Office
5115 Fannin St., 10th Floor, Ste 1000
Houston, TX 77004
(713) 580-2500

The Woodlands Office
1501 Lake Robbins Dr. Ste. 130
The Woodlands, TX 77380
(281) 367-2010

Pearland Office
10223 Broadway St., Ste. J
Pearland, TX 77584
(281) 971-9332

Spring Office
2616 FM 2920 Ste. I
Spring, TX 77388
(281) 353-8300

Tomball Office
14079 FM 2920
Tomball, TX 77377
(346) 701-4029

Katy Office
750 Westgreen Blvd.
Katy, TX 77450
(281) 392-3937

Humble - Deerbrook Office
9802 FM 1960 W, Ste. 110
Humble, Texas 77338
(281) 446-9333

Sugar Land Office
15999 City Walk, Ste. 270
Sugar Land, TX 77479
(713) 580-2525

Humble - S. Memorial Office
18850 S. Memorial Blvd.
Humble, TX 77338
(281) 446-7900

Livingston Office
1601 US-59 Loop North, Ste. 100
Livingston, Texas 77351
(936) 327-3937

Cleveland Office
429 West Southline
Cleveland, TX 77327
(281) 592-4343

Bay City Office
3612 Avenue F
Bay City, TX 77414
(979) 244-1450

Baytown Office
4750 East Freeway
Baytown, TX 77521
(281) 421-2020

South Austin Office
2600 Via Fortuna, Ste. 400
Austin, TX 78746
(512) 327-4123

North Austin Office
4314 W. Braker Lane Ste. 215
Austin, TX 78759
(512) 200-3937

Sun City Office
1530 Sun City Blvd., Ste. 150
Georgetown, TX 78633
(512) 327-3792

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