Wills Eye specialists are world leaders in treating glaucoma
Wills physicians are skilled in the whole spectrum of glaucoma procedures
Wills Eye has one of the largest glaucoma departments in the United States
GLAUCOMA TREATMENT & SERVICES
Wills Eye specialists are dedicated to providing world-class glaucoma treatment and care. The disease is often asymptomatic, and people may lose their vision without knowing it. Regular eye exams are an important way to detect the disease.
SIGNS & SYMPTOMS
- OFTEN THERE ARE NO EARLY SYMPTOMS
- GRADUAL LOSS OF VISION OCCURS IN LATER STAGES
- ACUTE SYMPTOMS OF SUDDEN, INCREASED EYE PRESSURE MAY DEVELOP
- Intense eye pain, blurred vision, and redness
GLAUCOMA REFERS TO A GROUP OF DISEASES THAT DAMAGE THE OPTIC NERVE, LOCATED IN THE BACK OF THE EYE.
(minimally invasive glaucoma surgery)
GLAUCOMA LASER SURGERY
Glaucoma can happen to anyone, which is why regular screenings are important.
Some factors suggest a higher risk:
- People age 60 or older
- Those with a family history of glaucoma
- African American, Latino, or Asian descent
ARE YOU AT RISK?
REGULAR EYE EXAMS ARE AN IMPORTANT WAY TO DETECT GLAUCOMA.
An eye exam for glaucoma includes an eye pressure test, assessment of the angle of the eye, and examination of the optic nerve.
WHEN TO GET AN EYE EXAM
Types of Glaucoma: There are several types of glaucoma, and treatment depends on properly identifying which kind is present. 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 are acute; that is, they occur suddenly. Visit our glaucoma page to learn more.
Glaucoma Surgery and Other Treatments: All types of glaucoma need some form of treatment from a glaucoma specialist. While the type of treatment depends on the type of glaucoma and how far it has progressed, as well as other factors, treatment modalities may include: Glaucoma laser surgery, such as laser iridotomy or laser trabeculoplasty ; Prescription eye drops; Trabeculectomy; Glaucoma implant surgery, such as tube shunts or other stents such as the iStent, Hydrus, Xen; Minimally invasive glaucoma surgery, often called MIGS, which can include a variety of surgery options listed above, in addition to Kahook dual blade goniotomy and OMNI treatment system.
Testing for Glaucoma: Diagnosis and monitoring of glaucoma in most cases require additional glaucoma tests beyond a comprehensive eye exam. Sophisticated, state-of-the-art glaucoma diagnostic tools available at Wills Eye Hospital include: Computerized visual field testing; Optic nerve imaging; Anterior segment (Imaging of the front of the eye); Blood flow measurement related to the eye; Ultrasound imaging of the eye; Other specialized imaging modalities
When to get an Eye Exam: An eye exam for glaucoma includes an eye pressure test, assessment of the angle of the eye, and examination of the optic nerve. Because the symptoms of glaucoma can be mild, or even non-existent, it is recommended that individuals get a baseline screening done at the age of 40, regardless of glaucoma risk factors. However, you will want to get tested earlier and/or more regularly if you have any of the following risk factors: You are over the age of 60; You have a family history of glaucoma; You are of African American, Latino, or Asian descent; You are significantly near-sighted
These factors suggest a higher risk of glaucoma and therefore require more regular screenings. If any of the above factors apply to you, it is advised that you continue to get tested every one to two years, or more often as advised by your specialist.Regular eye exams are an important way to detect glaucoma. Please contact us today to book an appointment and to learn about testing and treatment options.
Our physicians, as a group, are skilled in the whole spectrum of available glaucoma procedures. Wills Eye Hospital 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.
Appropriate treatment for glaucoma will prevent loss of sight in the majority of patients whose condition is detected early.
Find Your New Glaucoma Doctor
JONATHAN S. MYERS, MD
Chief, Glaucoma Service
L. JAY KATZ, MD
NATASHA NAYAK KOLOMEYER, MD
DANIEL LEE, MD
REZA RAZEGHINEJAD, MD
AAKRITI GARG SHUKLA, MD
ELIZABETH DALE, MD
SCOTT J. FUDEMBERG, MD
ANAND MANTRAVADI, MD
MARLENE R. MOSTER, MD
MICHAEL J. PRO, MD
COURTLAND M. SCHMIDT JR., MD
MARY JUDE COX, MD
RACHEL M. NIKNAM, MD
JODY PILTZ-SEYMOUR, MD
JESSE RICHMAN, MD
GEOFFREY P. SCHWARTZ, MD
MONISHA VORA, MD
ALICE L. WILLIAMS, MD
Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. — 4:30 p.m.
Wills Eye Hospital
840 Walnut Street, Suite 1110
Philadelphia PA 19107
Phone: (215) 928-3197
Fax: (215) 928-0166
Chief: Jonathan S. Myers, MD