Glaucoma Diagnosis & Management in San Ramon

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Protect Yourself From the “Silent Thief of Sight”

Glaucoma is an eye disease that affects nearly 3 million Americans. We pay special attention to glaucoma because it tends to develop without showing any noticeable symptoms. And over time, glaucoma can permanently damage your vision and even cause blindness.

Our team is here to help protect your eyes from the “Silent Thief of Sight.” All you have to do is book an appointment with us today, and we can help with the rest!

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What Is Glaucoma?

Glaucoma slowly damages your optic nerve. Increased intraocular pressure (IOP) is generally the cause of this damage, but glaucoma can still develop even if you have normal IOP levels.

There are several types of glaucoma.

Open-Angle Glaucoma

Open-angle glaucoma is the most common form of the disease and can cause damage to your optic nerve before you start to notice symptoms. This disease can start developing when you either have too much fluid (aqueous humor) in the anterior part of your eye or if not enough fluid is draining.

Too much fluid in your eye can increase your IOP levels, damaging your optic nerve and possibly leading to vision loss. Our doctors can diagnose glaucoma by measuring your IOP levels with a tonometer or observing your optic nerve during a comprehensive eye exam.

Closed-angle, or angle-closure, glaucoma is a type of the disease that can occur very rapidly, causing pain, headaches, nausea, and vision loss.

This type of glaucoma occurs when the drainage angle between your iris and cornea closes, preventing any fluids from draining properly. This can result in rapidly rising IOP levels and vision loss. Closed-angle glaucoma is considered to be a medical emergency that requires immediate attention.

Normal-tension glaucoma can develop without elevated IOP levels but still causes damage to your optic nerve over time. Even though doctors aren’t sure how normal-tension glaucoma develops, we can still diagnose the disease by observing your optic nerve during an eye exam.

Congenital glaucoma is a version of the disease that could occur in children and infants. It can occur when the drainage canals don’t develop properly, leading to increased IOP levels. Congenital glaucoma is relatively rare but can develop in children if there is a family history.

Risk Factors

You may have a higher chance of developing glaucoma if you:

Diagnosing Glaucoma

Goldmann Applanation Tonometry

Goldmann applanation tonometry is known as the “gold standard” of measuring IOP levels.

During an eye exam, your doctor will have you rest your head in the device, allowing them to line up the measuring probe with your cornea. The probe will then lightly press against the surface of your cornea to flatten it, measuring IOP levels by your eye’s resistance.

Non-contact tonometry (NCT) is also known as the “air puff test” since it doesn’t touch your eye, but instead uses a puff of air to measure your IOP levels. Similar to applanation tonometry, the air puff measures your eye’s resistance, determining your IOP level.

This test is a great option for children who may find the Goldmann applanation tonometer uncomfortable.

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San Ramon, CA 94583

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