Eye Drops for Glaucoma

Outlook Eyecare was founded with the goal of offering top quality, comprehensive eye care for people in our community. If you are looking for an eye doctor, our optometrists and ophthalmologists are the choice of people from Monroe Township, and Princeton, NJ and surrounding communities. They are at the forefront of their fields, with an unparalleled combination of credentials and experience

Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases that cause damage to the optic nerve, leading to vision loss. Often there aren’t any warning signs, and glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness in the United States. At Outlook Eyecare we treat glaucoma using state-of-the-art methods, including easy-to-use glaucoma eye drops to reduce pressure and preserve your precious vision. Contact us today to learn more and to schedule your eye exam.

Types of Glaucoma

Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases that damage the conduit that carries visual information to the brain: the optic nerve. The health of the optic nerve is essential to clear, unobstructed vision. Glaucoma can be broken down into several categories:

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  • Primary open-angle glaucoma (POGA): occurs when fluid accumulates in the inner eye due to a gradual restriction of the eye’s drainage canals
  • Angle-closure glaucoma: caused by a very sudden fluid buildup in the eyes leading to aggressive pressure on the optic nerve
  • Normal-tension glaucoma: occurs despite a normal eye pressure reading
  • Secondary glaucoma: develops when another disease contributes to increased eye pressure, causing vision loss
  • Pediatric glaucoma: can be congenital or develop at any point during childhood

An annual eye exam is essential to your health. If glaucoma is detected during your eye exam, your doctor will determine what kind of treatment is required to treat your specific type of eye disease.

How We Determine What Treatment You Need

During your eye exam, we will use cutting-edge testing methods to determine if you have glaucoma present. Typically this involves a test to measure the pressure inside the eye. If we determine you do have a glaucoma condition we will then use further testing to determine what type. The most common form of adult glaucoma is primary open-angle glaucoma.

Once we know the extent of the glaucoma-related damage to the optic nerve we can prescribe treatment that will lower the pressure of the eye to relieve the strain on the optic nerve. In the early stages of adult glaucoma, we can give you prescription eye drops to relieve pressure and preserve your vision.

Types of Eye Drops That Treat Glaucoma

There are several types of eye drops available to treat glaucoma. They include:

  • Alpha agonists: reduce the amount of fluid your eyes produce, and increase the amount of fluid the eye drains
  • Beta blockers: reduce the amount of fluid your eyes produce, decreasing eye pressure
  • Carbonic anhydrase inhibitors: lower the level of fluid produced by the eyes
  • Miotics: constrict the pupils, increasing the amount of fluid that is drained from the eye
  • Prostaglandin analogs: increase drainage, relieving pressure on the eye

If our doctor determines your glaucoma can be treated with eye drops, we will go over a detailed treatment place with you. As with any other medical condition, it is important that you tell your doctor what other medications you are taking, and let them know if you have been diagnosed with any other conditions.

Call Us to Schedule Your Eye Exam

Glaucoma often strikes without warning, which is why it is of the utmost importance that you schedule an annual vision exam so we can determine if you are at risk. At Outlook Eyecare we pride ourselves on offering progressive, patient-centered care at two, convenient locations. Our expert staff includes Dr. Coleman, MD, a fellowship-trained glaucoma specialist who uses the most up-to-date treatment methods to care for glaucoma. Let us help keep your vision sharp. Contact us today to schedule your eye exam.

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5 Centre Drive #1B
Monroe Township, NJ 08831
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