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Are You at Risk for Glaucoma?

Glaucoma is a condition where patients’ optic nerves degenerate over time. Most of the time, pressure in the eye is elevated; however, we now know that patients with “normal” eye pressure can suffer from glaucoma. Risk factors for glaucoma include family history of the disease, African American race, age over 60, vascular conditions, and prolonged… Read More »


iStent

For patients with glaucoma who are undergoing cataract surgery, an iStent can be a great option to become less dependent on glaucoma medication. Some patients are able to discontinue their glaucoma medication completely! This minimally-invasive technique is performed at the time of cataract surgery, and is implanted by Dr. Ballitch. Implantation of the iStent is quick and painless. The iStent… Read More »


January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month

Did you know January is glaucoma awareness month?  Glaucoma is known as the “silent thief of sight” because it lacks obvious symptoms, until late stages of the disease. Around 3 million Americans have glaucoma; unfortunately around half are unaware they have it.   Glaucoma occurs when the optic nerve is damaged, usually from elevated eye pressure. This… Read More »


Rhopressa-a new treatment for glaucoma

A new type of medication to treat open-angle glaucoma has recently been released. Rhopressa helps glaucoma patients by lowering their eye pressure on a consistent basis. Rhopressa is a convenient treatment option as it is used once per day. Rhopressa helps fluid in the eye to drain away more efficiently, thereby lowering eye pressure. Rhopressa may be… Read More »


Vyzulta-a new drop for glaucoma

Vyzulta (Bausch&Lomb) is a new drop that has been approved to treat patients with chronic open-angle glaucoma, the most common type of glaucoma. Vyzulta helps to lower eye pressure which promotes better circulation of the optic nerve. This helps to preserve vision. This drop is simply used once daily in affected eyes. Advanced Eye Care Center offers the… Read More »


Diabetic Eye Exams

Yearly eye examinations are important for patients diagnosed with diabetes. The longer one has diabetes, the greater likelihood of visual complications . Vision can fluctuate for patients with poor blood sugar control. If bleeding occurs in the back of the eye, the patient’s visual ability could be negatively impacted-making reading or driving very difficult. For severe… Read More »


Too good too pass up? CyPass Micro-Stent

For patients with mild to moderate primary open-angle glaucoma considering cataract surgery, the CyPass Micro-Stent may help to reduce intraocular pressure (IOP) and decrease the patients’ dependence on glaucoma medication. Two years after CyPass treatment, 72.5% of patients still experience >20% decrease in IOP and CyPass treatment is 32% more effective at lowering IOP than stand-alone cataract surgery. The… Read More »


Understanding glaucoma-pachymetry

Glaucoma is a disease that’s known as the ‘silent thief of sight.’ Over time, glaucoma can constrict our peripheral vision and in severe cases cause blindness. Early and moderate stages of glaucoma may not be noticeable by the patient, making glaucoma testing important-to catch the disease as early as possible. One of the tests we… Read More »


Glaucoma Awareness Month

Did you know January is glaucoma awareness month?  Glaucoma is known as the “silent thief of sight” because it lacks obvious symptoms, until late stages of the disease. Around 3 million Americans have glaucoma; unfortunately around half are unaware they have it.   Glaucoma is when the optic nerve is damaged, usually but not always, from… Read More »


Glaucoma-Are you at increased risk?

Glaucoma is a disease of the optic nerve. There is no cure and once damage has occurred, it’s irreversible.  Early detection is key for retaining vision for patients with glaucoma, as the disease has no symptoms in its early to moderate stages.   Patients at highest risk for glaucoma include: Family history of glaucoma African… Read More »


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