GlaucomaGlaucoma - Park Avenue Laser Vision - Eye Institute - Dr. Robert Ditkoff-New York Astoria
Glaucoma typically affects people over the age of 40, but can occur at any age. The eye has about one million tiny nerve fibers that run from the back of the eye to the brain carrying visual information. Glaucoma is a disease that causes the destruction of these fibers. It was once thought that the loss of these fibers was due strictly to high pressure in the eye, but now it is known that even patients with normal eye pressure can have glaucoma and experience loss of this important nerve function.

With many patients, the disease is not noticed in the early stages, because there is no pain or noticeable change in vision. It gives no warning, and if you have glaucoma, you probably won’t notice any warning signs or symptoms until your vision has suffered irreversible damage. Glaucoma does run in families, and early detection by an eye doctor is the key to prevention of vision damage. We currently have no cure, but the good news is that there are treatments that can help slow or stop the progression of this disease.

Dr. Ditkoff uses the latest technology, a scanning laser polarimeter, to measure the extent of glaucoma damage where it occurs, at the retinal nerve fiber layer at the back of the eye. The scanning laser polarimeter makes it possible to detect and monitor glaucoma quickly without dilating the eye. The complete exam takes less than five minutes. Visual field testing is also important to measure the level of optic nerve function. Glaucoma can usually be controlled with eye drops or simple laser therapy. It is very important to have your eyes checked for glaucoma.