Glaucoma Treatment in Raleigh
Glaucoma is a disease of the optic nerve, which is the cable of nerve fibers that connects the eye to the brain (so the brain can interpret the image the eye sees). In glaucoma, there is damage to the nerve fibers that make up the optic nerve. The damage is due to a pressure within the eye (intraocular pressure) that is relatively too high, taking into account the anatomy of the optic nerve.
To summarize, glaucoma is a disease of the optic nerve due to intraocular pressure that is relatively too high for the anatomy of that person’s optic nerve, and has damaged at least 70% of the nerve’s fibers in at least one area.
Glaucoma affects our visual field in a slow and insidious fashion. It can cause blindness, but this is extremely unlikely to happen so long as a person has the disease diagnosed early and is compliant with recommended medicines. Eye drops that decrease the rate of fluid production within the eye or increase the rate at which fluid leaves the eye are the most common forms of treatment.
Dr. Hudak will monitor your optic nerve anatomy and intraocular pressures for evidence of glaucoma. Thanks to early detection and some wonderful new medicines, some people even get improvement in their glaucoma status!