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Glaucoma Treatment at St. Paul Eye Clinic

Glaucoma is a leading cause of blindness in the United States – accounting for approximately 12% of new cases of blindness each year. This condition affects about 3% of all Americans over the age of 65, or over 3 million people, and over half of those with glaucoma don’t know they have it.

Glaucoma is an eye disease that most often develops gradually (usually over several years), causes no pain, and presents only subtle symptoms that worsen over time. It can also affect children. In fact, one child in 10,000 is born with glaucoma. Symptoms may include blurred vision and loss of side vision.

What is glaucoma?

Glaucoma is a disease of the optic nerve, which is the part of the eye that carries the images we see to the brain. Glaucoma occurs when fluid buildup in the eye causes excessive intraocular, or internal, pressure.

Although many people fear this potentially sight-robbing condition, early diagnosis and treatment can help maintain your vision for a lifetime. Here at St. Paul Eye Clinic, our board-certified eye specialists ;use today’s most advanced diagnostic exams to pinpoint glaucoma in its earliest stages. These diagnostic tools include visual field testing and nerve fiber analysis.

Risk factors for developing glaucoma include being of African-American, Asian, or Hispanic descent, being over age 60, having an eye injury, having a family member with glaucoma, or using steroids. Other risk factors include high blood pressure, severe nearsightedness, and diabetes.

Treating glaucoma

If glaucoma is detected during your eye exam, we will recommend treatment based on your individual needs. Special eyedrops can be used to control eye pressure.

Laser surgery, also used to treat glaucoma, can be performed in the office by one of our ophthalmologists. Advanced cases of glaucoma may benefit from trabeculectomy (filtering bleb surgery).

We were among the first eye surgeons in the area to offer selective laser trabeculoplasty (SLT), a revolutionary in-office procedure designed to treat patients with open-angle glaucoma (OAG), the most prevalent form of glaucoma. At St. Paul Eye Clinic, we also perform advanced laser treatment for narrow-angle glaucoma, the less common form.

Don’t Put Your Vision at Risk

Trust St. Paul Eye Clinic to detect glaucoma early through the use of our innovative diagnostic exams. If you are diagnosed with glaucoma, there is a good chance that it won’t result in significant vision loss, providing you maintain regular checkups and proper treatment. Call us today to schedule an appointment at the St. Paul Eye Clinic nearest you, including 6 locations in the St. Paul, Minnesota area and 2 locations in northwest Wisconsin.