Glaucoma Evaluation and Management
Glaucoma is a group of diseases characterized by progressive optic nerve damage, which can cause loss of the field of view for each eye. Since glaucoma damage can occur without any symptoms and is more likely to develop as a person ages, it is important to periodically undergo screening for the condition. Glaucoma damage is permanent but controllable or preventable with appropriate treatment. All current practice treatments are aimed at reducing the pressure within the eye to halt or limit the optic nerve damage caused by glaucoma. This can be achieved with topical eye medications, laser procedures, surgery, or any combination thereof.
Our patients with glaucoma require closer monitoring and more frequent examinations than the majority of our patients. Dr. Aman Shukairy is a board certified ophthalmologist and glaucoma and anterior segment specialist. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, as well as an active member in the American Glaucoma Society. She is also a member of the Michigan Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons.
Below is a list of some tests and procedures used for glaucoma care that are available at our office:
Visual Field Test
An automated test that measures the extent of the area visible to an eye by having the test eye fixate on a central target; useful for determining the degree of glaucoma damage and for monitoring stability of the disease.
Optical Coherence Tomography
A non-invasive test which uses light waves to measure retinal nerve fiber loss and provide an anatomic analysis of the optic nerve; a helpful test for monitoring glaucoma progression when used in conjunction with the visual field test.
Color Fundus Photography
Color Fundus Retinal Photography uses a fundus camera to record color images of the condition of the interior surface of the eye, in order to document the presence of disorders and monitor their change over time. A fundus camera or retinal camera is a specialized low power microscope with an attached camera designed to photograph the interior surface of the eye, including the retina, retinal vasculature, optic disc, macula, and posterior pole (i.e. the fundus).
An in-office laser procedure used to create a small hole in the iris near its base. Indicated for the treatment of narrow-angle or angle-closure glaucoma, cases where the intraocular pressure may rise quickly and drastically leading to rapid glaucoma damage.
An in-office laser procedure used to enhance the natural drainage of aqueous humor (the fluid within the eye) in an attempt to reduce the intraocular pressure.