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Glaucoma Treatment Brookfield

Glaucoma Treatment

“Glaucoma” refers to the presence of fluid build-up in the front part of the eye that leads to an increase in pressure. As such, it is a disease that causes damage to the optic nerve of the eye. Unfortunately, it produces no symptoms during its early stages, leading to half of people with glaucoma not even knowing they have it. Due to its prevalence, The Holtebeck Eye Center in Brookfield offers glaucoma treatment and a variety of care services and treatments to address this issue. We strongly believe in regular eye exams in order to catch such diseases as glaucoma as early as possible.  

What Causes Glaucoma?

Simply put, if your eye’s drainage system is not working properly, fluid will begin to build up in the eye, leading to glaucoma. All eyes consistently produce aqueous humor, which is a clear liquid. When it is functioning properly, the eye will drain out the same amount of aqueous fluid that flows into it. However, if the drainage angle is not functioning properly, fluid will build up and lead to increased pressure inside the eye. This pressure leads to optic nerve damage.

Types Of Glaucoma

While it is a relatively straightforward disease, glaucoma does come in two major types, each caused by slightly different situations and occurrences in the eye. 

Primary Open-Angle Glaucoma

This type of glaucoma occurs gradually as the eye continues to fail at properly draining fluid, leading to a clog. This clog leads to a build up of pressure against the eye, which over time causes damage to the optic nerve. Primary open-angle glaucoma is the most common type of glaucoma. It initially causes no changes to vision and is painless. 

Angle-Closure Glaucoma

This type of glaucoma occurs when the iris is in close proximity to the eye’s drainage angle. In these cases, the iris can eventually start blocking the drainage angle. When the drainage angle is eventually completely blocked, eye pressure starts to rise rapidly. When this happens, it is a true eye emergency for which you will want to call The Holtebeck Eye Center immediately. 

Signs of an acute angle-closure glaucoma attack:

Sudden onset of blurred visions
Severe eye pain
Headache 
Nausea
Vision disruptions, including the presence of rainbow-colored rings or halos  

How Is Glaucoma Diagnosed?

Glaucoma requires a professional diagnosis from an eye doctor. During a complete eye exam, Dr. Holtebeck will measure your eye pressure, inspect your eye’s drainage angle, examine your optic nerve for damage, and test your peripheral vision. Additionally, our technicians will take a picture or computer-generated measurement of your optic nerve as well as measure the thickness of your cornea. All of these pieces of data will help Dr. Holtebeck assess and diagnose your eye health and determine if you have glaucoma. 

How Is Glaucoma Treated?

Unfortunately, glaucoma cannot be reversed and is a permanent condition. However, it is treatable through medicine and surgery, which can help to stop the development of further damage to your optic nerve. At The Holtebeck Eye Center, we offer medication, laser surgery, and operating room surgery as options for addressing glaucoma in our patients with our goal always being to protect the eye from incurring further damage. 

Your Role In Glaucoma Treatment

Successfully treating glaucoma requires a joint effort between you and Dr. Holtebeck. That means that if you have questions or concerns about your eye health, you will want to make an appointment with Dr. Holtebeck as soon as possible. The whole team at The Holtebeck Eye Center is committed to protecting your sight. 

Contact us today to learn more about our glaucoma treatment and care services, and to schedule an appointment. We look forward to seeing you soon!