Glaucoma is a serious condition of the eye. It is the presence of high internal eye pressure. High pressure within your eye may cause considerable damage to your retina and optic nerve. The pressure constricts the flow of blood supply to the tissues of the eye, which causes the light-sensitive cells to die. Glaucoma can develop suddenly or slowly over time. The puff of air test that you have during an eye exam measures the internal pressure of your eye. We can also look directly at your optic nerve with a special lamp.
In the early stages of glaucoma, you may take eye drops that help lower the pressure in your eye. The eye drops may not be effective at lowering the eye pressure in some people. That is when you may need glaucoma surgery in Mount Prospect. Our eye surgeons provide you with state-of-the-art care that is designed to preserve your vision, restore your eye health and keep you comfortable.
Our surgical services are performed on an outpatient basis for most people. Some people may need a hospital stay. We provide thorough follow-up care to monitor your recovery. You may still need to take eye drops after the surgery. You may need a different eyeglasses prescription after glaucoma surgery, so we will also monitor your visual acuity.
In many people, glaucoma surgery is the best method of preserving remaining vision and restoring a healthy level of internal pressure to the eye. The surgery may halt the progression of glaucoma. You may also need to see your primary care doctor if you also have high blood pressure. When you are considering glaucoma surgery in Mount Prospect, contact us at Arlington Eye Physicians LLC to learn more. You can also learn about our surgical services online at http://www.ArlEye.com.