Glaucoma is one of the worst enemies of our eyes and it is a very common cause of blindness in the U.S. Dr. William Boothe, one of the most experienced Lasik surgeons, says explains that glaucoma is a disease that damages the eyes’ optic nerves because of the pressure inside of eyes and may lead to complete vision loss. In the case of glaucoma, the pressure inside the eye increases as the passages are clogged or blocked, and thus the fluid drains too slowly out of the eye. Often called the “silent thief of sight”, glaucoma can harm your eyesight so insensibly you may not notice any pain or loss of vision until the disease is much neglected progresses and serious damage is done. According to Dr. William Boothe, glaucoma is a potentially destructive eye disease that may lead to permanent loss of eyesight if not diagnosed and treated.
The person is at high risk of having glaucoma if he or she:
– Is older than forty years
– Has a family history of this disease
– Has high intraocular pressure
– Is very nearsighted
– Is of African origin
– Has diabetes
The only way to stop eyesight loss and prevent blindness from glaucoma is timely detection and treatment of the disease. That is why we should not forget to check our eyes from time to time. Dr. William Boothe makes believes that it is possible to successfully control glaucoma with little or no further eyesight loss if diagnosed at an early stage. Special eye drops and medications are used first to lower intraocular pressure and to help control glaucoma. Also In more advanced cases, this disease can needs to be treated with surgery and lasers. Patient with glaucoma, who experience increased eye pressure, cannot be a good candidates for Lasik. Nevertheless, if the glaucoma is well controlled, there might be a chance that this laser vision correction is will still be an option however. Before Lasik as well as other forms of laser refractive surgery, Dr. William Boothe performs a complete eye examination of each patient’s eyes to make all needed observations and to determine if the Lasik procedure can be performed.