Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness in the United States. This eye disease is common in older adults, but it can occur at any age. Glaucoma is sometimes called “the silent thief of sight” because it often has no symptoms at all until the disease is very advanced—and once your vision is lost, it can never be regained.
Glaucoma is a disease of the optic nerve. The optic nerve carries the images we see from our eyes to the brain. It is made up of a huge number of nerve fibers, like wires in an electric cable. When fluid pressure within the inner eye increases, it can damage these optic nerve fibers, causing blind spots to develop. Usually people don’t notice these blind areas until a lot of optic nerve damage has already occurred. If the entire nerve is destroyed, blindness results.
Damage caused by glaucoma cannot be reversed. There are three types of treatments for glaucoma: eye drops, laser surgery and filtration surgery. Drs. Paul Jorizzo and Helen Koenigsman are board certified, fellowship trained glaucoma specialists who use the latest state-of-the-art technology to help you prevent and treat glaucoma. They will work hand-in-hand with you to determine the best course of action based on the type and severity of your glaucoma. Medicare and most health insurance plans will cover the treatment of glaucoma.
Loss of vision from glaucoma, however, is often preventable if you get treatment early enough. Early detection and treatment by a glaucoma specialist is the key to preventing optic nerve damage and blindness from glaucoma. You can learn more about the causes, symptoms and treatments of glaucoma in the pages below, or feel free to call our offices in Medford or Grants Pass and schedule an appointment. We’re here to answer your questions.Glaucoma Causes And Symptoms