Glaucoma Treatment in New Jersey
We are a comprehensive ophthalmology practice with a strong focus on glaucoma treatment in New Jersey. We care for a sizeable number of patients and provide the most advanced diagnostic methods available for early glaucoma treatment and detection.
What is glaucoma?
Glaucoma is a disease that affects the optic nerve connection between the eye and the brain. The optic nerve is a bundle of millions of smaller nerve fibers wrapped together. These individual nerve fibers can be damaged if the fluid circulating within the eye fails to drain properly, causing pressure in the eye, which results in damage to the optic nerve.
When nerve fibers die, small blind spots begin to develop in a person's field of vision. At first, the effect can be so subtle that most people will not notice it until the disease is already well advanced. If left untreated, glaucoma eventually causes blindness and is currently the number one cause of blindness in the United States. For this reason, regular eye exams with modern diagnostic equipment are critical for glaucoma treatment, particularly for those at higher risk of the disease.
Who is at high risk for glaucoma?
Those with the following background may be at higher risk for developing glaucoma:
- Over age 45
- Above normal eye pressure
- A family history of glaucoma
- African-American ancestry
- Thinner than average corneal thickness
- Past eye surgery or injury
- High degrees of nearsightedness or farsightedness
Is Glaucoma Treatment Possible?
Glaucoma can be successfully managed with regular eye exams, medications (usually in the form of eye drops), and, if necessary, laser or standard surgery to improve drainage systems and help the eye self-regulate its pressure. Glaucoma is treatable and does not have to result in blindness if caught early and properly monitored.
Our Technology for Glaucoma Treatment in New Jersey
Regular eye exams with modern technologies are key to early detection and management of glaucoma. Our practice has invested in the best equipment currently available to help diagnose and manage this disease. Here are just a few of the technologies we have available to our patients for glaucoma treatment:
Zeiss Field Analyzer with Liquid Lens
We have the state-of-the-art Zeiss Field Analyzer with liquid lens, which enables us to perform the fastest and most accurate visual field testing available. In addition to the standard white light on a white background, we can perform blue-yellow visual fields, which is considered the most sensitive type of testing for glaucoma suspects; this allows earlier detection than with standard white light testing alone. We are also able to perform red dot fields for individuals on high risk medications, e.g., Plaquenil.
CIRRUS HD-OCT (Ocular Coherence Tomography)
We are also equipped with the CIRRUS HD-OCT (Ocular Coherence Tomograph.) Retinal nerve fiber layer and optic nerve head evaluation with OCT, is considered the gold standard in optic nerve imaging. OCT images are obtained through an undilated pupil and are quick and painless. The computer analysis can detect subtle changes in the optic nerve and nerve fiber layer, often times, years before visual field testing would reveal change. The OCT is also more sensitive than standard stereo disc photography with a fundus camera.