Common Glaucoma Questions
What is glaucoma?
Does glaucoma cause symptoms?
Glaucoma can develop without you knowing it. But you can experience certain symptoms depending on the type of glaucoma you have. These symptoms include:
- Tunnel vision
- Patchy blind spots
- Eye pain
- Blurry vision
- Seeing halos around lights
- Eye redness
If you’re experiencing any vision changes, contact Cohen Laser & Vision Center for a comprehensive eye exam.
How is glaucoma diagnosed?
The team at Cohen Laser & Vision Center do a comprehensive eye exam when you come to the office with concerns about vision. To determine if you’re at risk of glaucoma, the team will do specific tests, including:
- Measuring intraocular pressure
- Testing for optic nerve damage
- Measuring your field of vision
- Measuring corneal thickness
- Assessing your ocular anatomy
Based on the information gathered during your comprehensive eye exam, the team will then determine the best course of action.
How is glaucoma treated?
Glaucoma can’t be cured, but with the right care from the team at Cohen Laser & Vision Center, you can stop its progression and save what is left of your eyesight. Treating glaucoma often includes using prescription eye drops to improve the flow or reduce the production of eye fluid. The experienced ophthalmology team at Cohen Laser & Vision Center could also suggest surgery to improve fluid drainage from your eye and reduce pressure on your optic nerve. Surgical options include:
- Laser surgery
- Filtering surgery
- Drainage tubes
- Minimally invasive glaucoma surgery (MIGS)
- Laser Trabeculoplasty (for open-angle glaucoma)
- Laser Iridotomy (for narrow or closed-angle glaucoma)
To schedule an appointment with the experienced team, call Cohen Laser & Vision Center today or request an appointment online. The practice serves those in Boca Raton, Delray Beach, Deerfield Beach, Pompano Beach, Boynton Beach, and all of Palm Beach County.
What is DURYSTA?
DURYSTA by Allergan is the first FDA approved sustained-release intraocular biodegradable implant designed to lower eye pressure and prevent glaucoma-related vision loss. The incredibly small implant is pre-loaded in a single-use applicator for placement in the anterior chamber, behind the cornea. Once implant it dissolves over time releasing the bimatoprost medication for continuous pressure-reduction for about a year.
It's a great option for those unable to use regular glaucoma drops due to difficulty applying them, compliance concerns, or eye irritation since it bypasses the corneal surface. Another benefit is the confidence and peace-of-mind knowing that your medication is consistently being released day or night. It's one of several MIG (minimally-invasive glaucoma) treatments offered at CLVC. Call today to see if DURYSTA is appropriate for you.