Glaucoma Merrillville and Hobart
Have you noticed deterioration in your eyesight? While you might be thinking that your vision is worsening due to age, this may not be the case. At Deen-Gross Eye Centers, we have treated thousands of patients who believe their vision is worsening as they get older, when in reality they suffer from glaucoma. The eye specialists at our Merrillville and Hobart, Indiana optical facilities believe in the power of early diagnosis and customized treatments, as those are two huge components in saving your eyesight.
Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness. This serious eye condition is extremely hard for a patient to detect as there aren't many obvious warning signs or symptoms. Often, patients don't realize they suffer from an eye condition until their vision worsens. If glaucoma isn't detected early enough, it can cause irreversible damage to your vision and overall health.
Glaucoma is a combination of multiple eye conditions that result in optic nerve damage. The conditions stem from intraocular pressure, abnormally high pressure inside your eye. The pressure is created from the buildup of fluid that is naturally produced in the front of your eye. When drainage system that the fluid usually passes through is blocked, damaged, or doesn't function properly, the fluid builds up within your optical sphere.
Types of Glaucoma
There are several types of glaucoma that our vision specialists see at our Merrillville and Hobart facilities. Although every case requires a customized treatment plan in order to successfully control the disease and prevent further inflammation, most people suffer to some extent from one of the following forms of glaucoma:
- Primary Open-Angle Glaucoma
- Angle-Closure Glaucoma
- Low Tension Glaucoma
- Pigmentary Glaucoma
While a patient can't be completely cured of glaucoma, our doctors provide treatments that are effective at preventing further vision loss and regulating the amount of fluid that is produced in the eye cavity. Treatments can reduce the production of fluid, improve the amount of outflow of fluid, or regulate both. Once a patient has experienced vision loss due to glaucoma, irreversible damage has occurred, so treatment can only prevent further damage from taking place. Glaucoma treatment methods that our vision care professionals in Merrillville and Hobart, Indiana use to slow down the rapid progression of glaucoma include:
- Medicated eyedrops
- Prescription medication
- SLT laser treatment
- Tube-shunt glaucoma surgery
- Mini-shunt glaucoma surgery
- Canoloplasty glaucoma surgery
- Goniotomy glaucoma surgery
Depending on the extent of your condition and your medical history, our glaucoma specialists will determine an effective course of treatment to prevent further vision loss. Surgical procedures are usually recommended as a last resort, as our team tries to correct your conditions in the most minimally invasive way available.
Contact Us Today!
If your eyes feel irritated, are swollen, or if you have noticed a decrease in your ability to see clearly, we can help. We offer subspecialty care for all glaucoma patients living in and around Merrillville and Hobart, Indiana. Contact us today to meet with Dr. Malhotra, our glaucoma specialist, and let him help you preserve your vision before it is too late.
"After wearing glasses my entire life, Dr. Gross corrected my eyesight to better than 20/20 vision."Richard B - St. John, IN