Beeve Vision Care Center
Scott Beeve, M.D., FACS
Ophthalmologist & LASIK Specialist located in Glendale, CA
If you’re one of the 3 million people in the United States affected by glaucoma, the medical team at Beeve Vision Care Center in Glendale, California, may have the treatment option you’ve been looking for. Dr. Scott Beeve and his experienced vision care team offer the latest technologies available for treating glaucoma and preventing permanent vision loss. To learn more about available treatments for glaucoma, schedule a consultation online or by phone.
Glaucoma Q & A
What is glaucoma?
Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases that affect your optic nerve, causing damage and vision loss, and may result in permanent blindness.
Normally, clear fluid that nourishes eye tissue passes through a spongy structure where the iris meets the cornea and drains away. With glaucoma, the fluid drains too slowly, causing a buildup of pressure that can damage your optic nerve.
Glaucoma can also be caused by increased pressure in the eye as the result of high blood pressure. To prevent glaucoma, you should have regular visits with your primary care doctor and Dr. Beeve to keep your blood pressure in check.
What are the symptoms of glaucoma?
Glaucoma has no symptoms and may not immediately affect your vision. Dr. Beeve detects glaucoma through comprehensive eye exams, using a tonometry test to measure the pressure in your eye.
Without treatment, glaucoma can cause the gradual deterioration of your peripheral vision and you may not be able to see objects from the corner of your eye, experiencing tunnel vision. Eventually, glaucoma affects your central vision making it difficult to see objects in front of you until you can no longer see anything.
What treatments are available for glaucoma?
Dr. Beeve offers several treatment options for treating glaucoma. He recommends annual eye exams to identify the condition as early as possible for the most effective treatment.
Glaucoma treatment options include medicated eye drops and conventional surgery. Dr. Beeve also offers the latest technology for detecting and treating glaucoma, known as selective laser trabeculoplasty (SLT).
What is SLT?
SLT is a safe and effective treatment for glaucoma. It is a form of laser surgery Dr. Beeve uses to reduce the pressure in your eye.
The laser technology treats the spongy drainage tissue in your eye, causing changes to the tissue to increase drainage ability. The laser targets the pigmented eye tissue without causing damage to surrounding tissues. Laser treatments don’t cause scarring and offer long-lasting results.
Many people achieve reduced eye pressure success following a laser treatment. In some cases, you may need to continue using eye drops and medications to control increased pressure in the eye.
To learn more about glaucoma treatments, schedule an appointment online or by phone.