What you need to know about getting glaucoma treatment in Brooklyn and Manhattan

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Are you suffering from glaucoma?

These challenges may sound familiar…

Woman looking sad out window

You have glaucoma

Increased pressure in your eye is damaging your optic nerve. If left untreated, it is likely to steal your sight completely.

Do you feel afraid?

Just the word glaucoma triggers feelings of fear, anxiety and uncertainty. Not knowing the fate of your vision can be depressing.

Time might be running out

Loss of peripheral vision, seeing halos around lights, and discomfort are just a few of the debilitating side effects that can destroy your day.

Save your sight

We understand how you feel. With our range of modern treatment options we can control your glaucoma and prevent further damage to your precious eyes so that you can enjoy life again.

Glaucoma explained

In these toggles we explain what you need to know about glaucoma

Glaucoma is a disease that damages your eye’s optic nerve.

It is a leading cause of blindness for people over 60 years old. However, blindness from glaucoma can often be prevented with early treatment.

Glaucoma occurs when fluid builds up in the front part of your eye. The extra fluid increases the pressure in your eye, damaging the optic nerve.

Your eye constantly makes aqueous humor. As new aqueous flows into your eye, the same amount should drain out. The fluid drains out through an area called the drainage angle. This process keeps pressure in the eye (called intraocular pressure or IOP) stable. But if the drainage angle is not working properly, fluid builds up. The pressure inside the eye rises, damaging the optic nerve.

The optic nerve is made of more than a million tiny nerve fibers. It is like an electric cable made up of many small wires. As these nerve fibers die, you will develop blind spots in your vision. You may not notice these blind spots until most of your optic nerve fibers have died. If all of the fibers die, you will become blind.

The only way to diagnose glaucoma is with a complete eye exam.

During a glaucoma exam, we will:

  • Measure your eye pressure
  • Inspect your eye’s drainage angle
  • Examine your optic nerve for damage
  • Test your peripheral (side) vision
  • Take a picture or computer measurement of your optic nerve
  • Measure the thickness of your cornea

Glaucoma damage is permanent – it cannot be reversed. But medicine and surgery help to stop further damage.

Open-angle glaucoma

To treat open-angle glaucoma, we may use one or more of the following treatments:

Eyedrops

Glaucoma is usually controlled with eye drop medicine. The eye drops lower eye pressure by reducing the amount of aqueous fluid the eye makes. Others reduce pressure by helping fluid flow better through the drainage angle.

Eyedrop medications include:

  • Prostaglandins
  • Beta blockers
  • Alpha-adrenergic agonists
  • Carbonic anhydrase inhibitors
  • Rho kinase inhibitor
  • Miotic or cholinergic agents

Oral medications

If eyedrops alone don’t bring your eye pressure down to the desired level, we may also prescribe an oral medication.

Laser surgery and other therapies 

There are two main types of laser surgery to help aqueous drain from the eye and stop the progression of glaucoma.

  • Laser trabeculoplasty
  • Filtering surgery
  • Drainage tubes
  • Minimally invasive glaucoma surgery

Angle-closure glaucoma

Acute angle-closure glaucoma requires urgent treatment to reduce the pressure in your eye. This typically requires both medication and laser or a surgical procedure such as iridotomy.

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STEP 1:
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Whether it’s a quick intervention or a long-term treatment plan, we’ll guide you with compassion, every step of the way.

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Dr. Samer Khosrof is a top eye surgeon in New York City with over 25 years of experience treating complex eye conditions such as diabetic retinopathy and age-related eye conditions.

His extensive experience enables him to stay on top of the latest treatments available. He believes in the efficacy of medical technology and has the expertise to deploy the newest diagnostic and treatment techniques to treat his patients with 100% confidence.

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