Glaucoma

glucoma

In many people, increased pressure inside the eye causes glaucoma. In the front of the eye is a space called the anterior chamber. A clear liquid flows continuously in and out of this space and nourishes nearby tissues.

Credit: National Eye Institute, National Institutes of Health

Glaucoma has to do with the pressure inside the eye, known as intraocular pressure (IOP). When the aqueous humor (a clear liquid that normally flows in and out of the eye) cannot drain properly, pressure builds up in the eye. The resulting increase in IOP can damage the optic nerve and lead to vision loss.

You may be at risk for glaucoma if you have one or more risk factors, including:

  • Elevated intraocular pressure (IOP)
  • Family history of glaucoma
  • Certain optic nerve conditions
  • African or Hispanic ancestry
  • Advanced age

At Ophthalmology Associates of San Antonio, you'll receive superior care from fellowship-trained and board certified glaucoma specialist Dr. John Campagna. He is a highly-committed clinician who also teaches ophthalmology at the University of Texas School of Medicine. Dr. Campagna is actively involved in pharmaceutical research dedicated to the treatment of glaucoma and other ophthalmic disorders.

The goal of glaucoma treatment is to lower your eye pressure to prevent or slow further vision loss. Ophthalmology Associates uses a full complement of diagnostic equipment, eye drops, lasers and surgical treatments to monitor and control your glaucoma.

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