Glaucoma Treatment

Greensboro, High Point, Thomasville, Winston, Salem, North Carolina

Glaucoma is not a single eye disease but a group of diseases caused by damage to your optic nerve. There is no cure for glaucoma and, left untreated, it can eventually lead to blindness.

While there is no cure, early detection and prompt treatment have proven very effective in helping preserve vision and prevent complete vision loss.

Open Angle Glaucoma vs. Acute Angle Glaucoma

The most common type of glaucoma is open angle. Symptoms of this progressive type of glaucoma may include:

  • Gradual loss of peripheral vision
  • Tunnel vision

Open angle glaucoma is usually detected during your regularly scheduled eye exams. Once detected, your optometrist may refer you to Dr. Bevis to ensure you receive the most effective treatment and highest level of patient care.

Acute angle closure glaucoma is a more serious condition that may have symptoms including:

  • Blurred vision
  • Glares or halos around lights
  • Reddening of the eye
  • Severe eye pain
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Sudden onset of visual disturbances

Any of these symptoms should prompt an immediate call to our office for prompt evaluation and treatment.

Treatments for Glaucoma

At our Greensboro, North Carolina office, Dr. Bevis will need to determine the type of glaucoma you have and the extent of current damage before recommending the treatment option best suited to meet your needs.

For both types of glaucoma, the pressure in your eye will need to be reduced. Most commonly, this is done with the use of prescription eye drops. Eye drops are often the least invasive and most desirable way to treat this disorder, but some prescriptions may be contraindicated with other medications you are on.

Make sure to tell Dr. Bevis about all of the medications you take so he can choose the eye drop best suited to meet your needs. Eye drops may be bolstered with the use of oral medications. This is determined on a patient-by-patient basis.

Laser eye surgery is another option for treating glaucoma. If surgery is required to treat your Glaucoma,  Dr. Bevis will refer you to a local Glaucoma Surgeon.

If you live in the Piedmont Triad and have been diagnosed with or are experiencing any of the symptoms of glaucoma, please contact Piedmont Eye Surgical & Laser Center to schedule a comprehensive treatment evaluation today.