Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases where the optic nerve becomes progressively damaged. Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness worldwide, and currently affects nearly 2.5 million people in the U.S. Each year, around the world, approximately 2.5 million new patients are diagnosed with Glaucoma. Risk factors include high eye pressure, family history of Glaucoma, advanced age, African heritage, and thin corneas, among others.
Once diagnosed, treatment to lower intraocular pressure can reduce the risk of progression by 50%. Initial intervention options to reduce eye pressure are well tolerated and include a laser treatment or eye drops. The laser treatment is called "selective laser trabeculoplasty", or "SLT". It is a proven, modern way, to treat glaucoma that can reduce or eliminate the burden of medication usage. At times, a combination of eye drops and SLT are used to control eye pressure, and in advanced cases more complex surgical interventions are required to save sight.
Cascade Eye and Skin Centers, P.C. patients, as well as referral patients from all over the state, receive evaluations and treatment from skilled Ophthalmologists who have had advanced training in the treatment of Glaucoma and have been managing challenging cases for many years.
While most cases of Glaucoma can be managed with SLT or eye drops, and timely follow up appointments to monitor for change, some patients require incisional surgery at Cascade's Ambulatory Surgery Center, on the Puyallup campus. Here, a highly competent staff is involved with ensuring each patient receives compassionate care. Glaucoma surgeries such as "Trabeculectomy" or "Glaucoma Tube-Shunt Implant" surgeries are performed by Board Certified Ophthalmologists who concentrate on treating Glaucoma both medically and surgically.
Schedule your visit with one of the skilled providers of Cascade Eye and Skin Centers today, (253) 848-3000.