Risk factors include:
- Age 40 and over
- Family members with glaucoma
- African, Hispanic, or Asian heritage
- High eye pressure
- Very farsighted or nearsighted
- History of eye injury
- Long-term steroid medications
- Corneas that are thin in the center
- Thinning of the optic nerve
- Diabetes, migraines, high blood pressure, poor blood circulation or other health problems affecting the whole body
Because this disease often doesn’t cause symptoms, it is frequently spotted when people get routine eye exams for glasses. If an eye doctor performing an eye exam measures a high eye pressure, observes optic nerve damage, or is concerned with the anatomy of the eye drainage system, a comprehensive glaucoma evaluation is necessary. Our office has state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment to help diagnose this disease and to guide treatment.
There are three ways to treat glaucoma: medications, lasers, and surgery. Most types of glaucoma can be controlled with medication eye drops to help keep the eye pressure. In many cases however, additional interventions are required to control the pressure. Procedures such as laser peripheral iridotomy (LPI) can treat a very aggressive form of glaucoma by opening the drainage system anatomy with a painless five second procedure.
If it is necessary to pursue surgery, Dr. Estrovich and Dr Pajka are trained in the most advanced minimally invasive surgical techniques, which have major improvements over traditional surgery by improving safety and reducing the recovery time.
Dr. Estrovich has subspecialist training in the diagnosis, management, and surgical treatment of glaucoma and enjoys providing long term care, guiding patients through the decision making process and through treatment, recovery and beyond.