The UPMC Eye Center offers a team of ophthalmologists specialized in the care of patients diagnosed with glaucoma. We not only use traditional medical therapies and surgical techniques, but also offer newer, less invasive approaches such as AIT and canaloplasty.
Don't Be in the Dark About Glaucoma — Get the Facts
Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness in the United States. Early treatment, however, can often prevent vision loss. Unfortunately, most people do not show symptoms until significant damage to the eye has already occurred.
The best defense against glaucoma is to play an active role in your eye health. Know the risk factors and get a regular eye exam.
- Age: Everyone older than 60 is at an increased risk of glaucoma. For certain population groups, such as African-Americans, the risk is higher.
- Family history: Many types of glaucoma have genetic links.
- Medical conditions: Diabetes, high blood pressure, and hypothyroidism may increase the chance of developing glaucoma.
- Nearsightedness: Not being able to clearly see objects in the distance may increase the risk for developing glaucoma.
- Prolonged corticosteroid use: Using corticosteroids and corticosteroid eye drops for prolonged periods of time may increase the risk of developing glaucoma.
- Elevated intraocular pressure: In some cases, an elevated internal eye pressure may increase the risk of glaucoma.
- Gradual loss of peripheral vision: Glaucoma can affect wide-angle vision, which may also include difficulty seeing in dim light and decreased ability to navigate while walking.
Take an active role in your eye health. Talk to your ophthalmologist about your risk factors and learn how often you should have an eye exam.