Glaucoma: The Signs, Symptoms, and Solutions

Glaucoma is a general term for a group of eye disorders characterized by pressure related optic neuropathy.  This disease can permanently damage vision in the affected eye, leading to blindness, if not properly treated.  Worldwide, glaucoma is the second-leading cause of vision loss after cataracts;  affecting one in 200 people under the age of 50, and one in ten people over the age of eighty years old.  The most common type of glaucoma affects nearly four million Americans, many of whom do not know they have the disease.

People affected with the most common glaucoma do not notice any vision loss until the disease has progressed to its late stages.  Because of the relatively few warning signs, or noticeable symptoms, it is important to visit an ophthalmologist yearly for an eye examination.  Although there is no available cure for glaucoma, an eye doctor can prescribe preventative treatments to protect the remaining vision.

Patients suffering from end stage glaucoma, presenting a painful, blind eye can be recommended for eye removal surgery.  Removal of the affected eye by an evisceration or enucleation procedure can relieve pain and restore a person’s well-being.  During these procedures an oculoplastic surgeon will remove the affected eye and replace the lost volume with an orbital implant.  This implant will maintain the eye socket shape and enhance the movement of an ocular prosthesis.

If you are considering ocular surgery for glaucoma related complications, it is important to know that your natural appearance can be restored with a custom made prosthetic eye.  Stephen Haddad, B.C.O., and his team of prosthetic eye providers at Ocular Prosthetics, Inc., will deliver the highest quality prosthetic eye, using the most advanced fitting and fabrication techniques available.  To schedule a pre-surgical consultation, please contact any of our five Los Angeles office locations today.  During this initial visit your ocularist will be available to answer any questions and address any concerns you may have.  We look forward to serving you.