Approximately three million people in the United States have glaucoma, though only half are aware of the condition. Glaucoma is a progressive disease, and if left untreated it can lead to blindness, making early intervention critical. Daniel Krivoy, MD, is a glaucoma specialist who offers the latest effective treatments to his patients in Los Angeles, California, in order to halt the progression of the disease. To gain the upper hand on your glaucoma, call 310-838-0202.
Glaucoma isn’t a single disease, but a group of conditions that compromise your optic nerve. There are several types of glaucoma, including:
This type of glaucoma is far and away the most common. With open-angle glaucoma, your trabecular mesh prevents the fluid in your eye from properly draining, which causes intraocular pressure, damaging your optic nerve.
A blockage characterizes this type of glaucoma in the drainage angle formed by your iris and cornea, because your iris is pushed forward.
This is a tricky version of the disease since there’s damage to your optic nerve, but not because of any intraocular pressure.
Some children are born with glaucoma, though this isn’t terribly common.
Pieces of pigment from your iris block drainage in your eye.
Glaucoma is typically caused by intraocular pressure, which damages your optic nerve. Your eyes rely on a nutrient-rich fluid called aqueous humor, which circulates through your eyes. When this fluid is unable to drain properly, whether through your trabecular mesh or through your drainage angle, the fluid builds up and creates pressure inside your eye. This pressure leads to damage to your optic nerve.
Researchers are unsure as to what causes glaucoma, but they have identified several risk factors, such as:
While these risk factors are tied to glaucoma, the fact is that the disease can strike almost anyone at any age.
Glaucoma is a progressive disease, so the frequency and severity of symptoms increase the longer the disease goes untreated. Open-angle glaucoma typically starts with blind spots in your peripheral vision and eventually leads to narrowed vision as the disease progresses.
With closed-angle glaucoma, the symptoms are far more debilitating and include:
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, call Dr. Krivoy right away for treatment.
If you've been diagnosed with glaucoma, it's imperative that you choose a doctor who specializes in glaucoma, like Dr. Krivoy. Numerous treatments can halt the progression of the disease, and a specialist is familiar with all of them and can offer you a solution that's right for your situation.
For example, Dr. Krivoy turns to the latest minimally invasive techniques to relieve intraocular pressure including:
These state-of-the-art products and procedures offer a number of solutions that can prevent your glaucoma from inflicting irreversible damage on your eyes and your vision.
Don’t trust your eyesight to just anyone — see a glaucoma specialist. Call Daniel Krivoy, MD, or use the online booking tool to schedule an appointment.