Glaucoma

What is glaucoma?

Glaucoma is an eye disease in which the optic nerve (which sends visual signals from the eye to the brain) becomes progressively damaged over time. This results in loss of peripheral vision and, eventually, all vision if not treated.

Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness. High eye pressure is one factor in causing glaucoma progression. Because glaucoma is usually slow and painless, most people do not know they have it.

The Eye To Eye Clinic in Wilsonville utilizes state-of-the art technology in diagnosing and managing patients with glaucoma. Along with special tests to check and validate eye pressure and optic nerve health, our office utilizes several new technologies, such as:

Frequency Doubling Perimetry

Frequency doubling perimetry is a special type of test to check a person’s peripheral vision. This instrument has been shown to identify glaucoma-related peripheral vision loss sooner than traditional instruments. The Eye To Eye Clinic uses frequency doubling perimetry to best identify glaucoma sooner.

Nerve Fiber Computerized Polarimetry

We have about 1 million nerve fibers in each eye, and up to half of these nerve fibers can die from glaucoma before any visual symptoms are seen.   The Eye To Eye Clinic uses the high technology GDx™ Nerve Fiber Analyzer to determine how much nerve fiber loss has occurred before visual symptoms arise.

Both frequency doubling perimetry and nerve fiber layer polarimetry take just a few minutes to perform, and requires no dilation or touching of the eyes.

How is glaucoma treated?

Glaucoma is usually treated with eye drop medications and, sometimes, surgery. Doctors at the Eye To Eye Clinic in Wilsonville regularly diagnose and treat patients with glaucoma. Please feel free to call our office if you, a friend or family member have questions about glaucoma or wish to schedule an appointment with us.