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Preserve Your Vision—See a Glaucoma Specialist

Glaucoma can cause blindness if it is left untreated. Only about half of the estimated three million Americans who have glaucoma are even aware that they have the condition. When glaucoma develops, usually you don’t have any early symptoms and the disease progresses slowly. In this way, glaucoma can steal your sight very gradually. Fortunately, early detection and treatment (with glaucoma eyedrops, glaucoma surgery, or both) from a glaucoma specialist at Rock Hill Eye Center can help preserve your vision.

What Is Glaucoma?

Glaucoma is a disease that damages the eye’s optic nerve. The optic nerve is connected to the retina—a layer of light-sensitive tissue lining the back of the eye—and is made up of many nerve fibers, like an electric cable is made up of many wires. It is the optic nerve that sends signals from your retina to your brain, where these signals are interpreted as the images you see.

In the healthy eye, a clear fluid called aqueous humor circulates inside the front portion of your eye. To maintain a constant healthy eye pressure, your eye continually produces a small amount of aqueous humor while an equal amount of this fluid flows out of your eye. If you have glaucoma, the aqueous humor does not flow out of the eye properly. Fluid pressure in the eye builds up and, over time, causes damage to the optic nerve fibers. An eye pressure test measures these levels so your ophthalmologist can monitor and treat the condition.

Glaucoma Symptoms

There are several types of glaucoma. Although the basics of the condition are the same, the symptoms may vary from one type to the next. Only a glaucoma specialist can test your eyes, diagnose your condition, and tell you which type you have.

Glaucoma Treatment

Depending on the type of glaucoma you have and the severity of your condition, there may be different treatment options available. The doctors at our Rock Hill and Fort Mill offices will recommend the best options for your eyes.
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Glaucoma Services

Medical Management

Treating glaucoma successfully is a team effort between you and your eye doctor.

Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty

Selective laser trabeculoplasty is a treatment to lower pressure in glaucoma patients.

Laser Iridotomy

Laser iridotomy is a treatment that treats chronic and acute angle-closure glaucoma.

XEN Gel Implant

The XEN Gel Stent is an eye implant used to lower intraocular pressure in glaucoma patients.

Filtration Surgery

Filtration surgery reduces the intraocular eye pressure inside the patient’s eye.

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