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Open Angle Glaucoma

Glaucoma is the name given to many different diseases. Open-angle glaucoma is one of many forms of glaucoma. Open-angle glaucoma, unlike other diseases, usually has no symptoms. Most forms of open-angle glaucoma have an eye pressure which is too high for a person’s eye. Glaucoma causes vision loss and blindness if left untreated. The visual loss begins in the side vision and is not noticed. It progresses slowly, so that it is usually impossible to detect changes in side vision until they are large and dangerous. Our goal is to treat the eye pressure in hopes of permanently maintaining your vision similar to the vision that you had when you were first diagnosed.

Glaucoma should NOT BE CONFUSED WITH either cataract or macular degeneration. All three diseases are more common in elderly populations. The blindness caused by cataract can be reversed with surgery. It is uncommon to regain vision lost from macular degeneration.