Glaucoma is the eye disease that is the result of excessive internal eye pressure caused by an imbalance between the amount of fluid your eyes create, and how much they are able to drain. Our ophthalmologist in San Diego, Kelly S. Keefe, MD provides expert medical glaucoma eye care, so that you are unlikely to suffer the worst consequences of this condition.
You should have a yearly glaucoma screening, because there are no symptoms of it until the disease has become advanced. Waiting until signs develop puts you at risk for eye damage and vision loss that might otherwise be preventable. Typically, the progression of glaucoma is steady, but it can be accelerated due to factors such as chemical contamination, inflammation, infection, or an eye injury. So if symptoms such as loss of vision, eye haziness, tunnel vision, eye pain, blurry vision, and nausea and vomiting (along with one or more other indications) do become evident, don’t hesitate to come in and be examined by our ophthalmologist in San Diego. Positive diagnosis is done through a complete eye examination, along with special testing, particularly tonometry, which measures your internal eye pressure. Photos of your optic nerve may also be taken. The treatment of glaucoma encompasses one of three basic options. The easiest and usually the first choice is the use of special eye drops that reduce the fluid production to correct the imbalance. Laser treatments are effective in increasing drainage efficiency. And microsurgery is the most invasive possibility, done when both of the other methods are not sufficient to produce the results needed. Microsurgery is employed to produce a new drainage channel.
It’s comforting to know that if you do have glaucoma, you can trust in the specialized care of our ophthalmologist in San Diego. So contact our office to arrange an appointment for a screening.