J. L. Katz, MD, Chief and Jonathan S. Myers, MD, Co-Director, Glaucoma Service
The William A. and Anna V. Goldberg Glaucoma Service and Research Center at Wills Eye is among the largest in the country. Its ophthalmologists are dedicated to the care and treatment of people who have glaucoma. Sophisticated, state-of-the-art diagnostic facilities include computerized visual field testing, optic nerve imaging, multiple methods of blood flow measurement and other specialized imaging modalities. The service participates in most of the national clinical trials sponsored by the National Eye Institute of the National Institutes of Health in order to bring new drugs and surgical methods to patients as quickly as possible. In addition, members of the glaucoma service are conducting research on glaucoma to gain a better understanding of this disease.
Often, glaucoma is asymptomatic. Therefore, people suffering from glaucoma may lose vision without knowing it. Regular eye exams are an important way to detect glaucoma.
There are several types of glaucoma, and treatment depends on properly identifying which kind is present. One factor common to most types of glaucoma is damage to the optic nerve. No matter whether the pressure is high, average, or below average, it can still cause damage. Some types of glaucoma are chronic and may be present for a lifetime. Other types of glaucoma are acute; that is, they occur suddenly.
All types of glaucoma need some form of treatment. Some people need surgery. Others may need medicine to treat the eye directly, or to treat some other health problem that is affecting the eye. Still others may need to have certain medicines stopped. Appropriate treatment for glaucoma will prevent loss of sight in the majority of patients whose condition is detected early.
Clinic Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. — 4:30 p.m.
Wills Eye Hospital
840 Walnut Street, Suite 1110
Philadelphia PA 19107
Phone: (215) 928-3200
Fax: (215) 928-0166
Chief: L. Jay Katz, MD
Co-Director: Jonathan S. Myers, MD