GLAUCOMA SPECIALIST

GLAUCOMA

One of the leading causes of blindness in the United States, glaucoma affects more than three million people, yet only about half of those with the condition know they’re affected.

 

There’s no cure for glaucoma, but it can be managed by the team of eye care professionals at the Witlin Center for Advanced Eye Care, serving East Brunswick, Toms River, and Morristown, New Jersey.

 

Early detection is crucial to successful treatment so call or make an appointment today. Our glaucoma specialist is Dr. Desai. Learn more about him here.

What is glaucoma?

A group of conditions that can cause damage to the optic nerve, glaucoma often features high-pressure levels within your eye. Glaucoma frequently has no symptoms or warning signs until its most advanced stages, so eye exams that include a measurement of eye pressure are typically how the presence of the condition is found. Vision loss resulting from glaucoma is permanent and irreversible. Even if caught prior to optic nerve damage, managing glaucoma is necessary your entire life.

 

Though the reasons behind the origins of glaucoma aren’t fully known, the elevated eye pressure occurs because of a buildup of fluid that flows through your eyes but then doesn’t drain normally. This could be due to problems with the drainage system, or overproduction of fluid overwhelming the normally operating drainage. Glaucoma has several different subtypes.

What are some of the subtypes of glaucoma?

The most common form of glaucoma is called open-angle glaucoma. The drain for eye fluid remains open, but the meshwork that supplies the drain becomes partially blocked, gradually leading to increased pressure. Onset is usually very slow, so you may lose vision before there’s any indication of a problem.

 

Closed-angle glaucoma results from the blockage or closure of the fluid drain and the resulting increases in pressure. As with open-angle glaucoma, the onset may be gradual, but closed-angle glaucoma can also be acute, coming on suddenly and presenting an immediate threat to your eyesight. 

 

Normal-tension glaucoma sees optic nerve damage occurring without increased pressure in your eyes. The reasons for this type of glaucoma are unknown, though it’s suspected that problems with circulation and blood flow to the optic nerve are behind the problem.

How is glaucoma treated?

Damage resulting from glaucoma is unfortunately permanent. Treatment frequently involves management of the pressure inside your eye. The most common place to start is with prescription eye drops that either drain fluid or decrease the amount of fluid made by your eye.

 

There are several surgical options that focus on relieving pressure through improved drainage. The specialists at Witlin Center for Advanced Eye Care typically choose one of these procedures:

  • iStent®: a tiny physical bypass, allowing more normal drainage of eye fluid, typically performed in conjunction with cataract surgery
  • Laser peripheral iridotomy uses a surgical laser to improve fluid dynamics in the eye by creating a small opening in the edge of the iris.
Witlin Center for Advanced Eye Care

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CUSTOMER REVIEWS

Dr Desai was great! He made me feel comfortable about the entire procedure. Dr Desi and his staff followed up with me later that day, the next day and a few days after the procedure. The location in somerset that he uses is very clean and the staff there is excellent as well. My husband was in the waiting area and they updated him to assure him that everything was going according to schedule and the procedure was going well. I would highly recommend Witlin for the Doctors as well as procedures and eye care.

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Dr. Desai provided me with the highest level of service I have experienced from any physician to date. He took a considerable amount of time to explain my diagnosis and treatment options. There was no rush to his bedside manner. Even after my surgery (which went perfectly), he was available for any questions or concerns I had. I would (and have) recommend Dr. Desai to family and friends.

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GLAUCOMA

GLAUCOMA

ASTIGMATISM

ASTIGMATISM

CATARACTS

CATARACTS

KERATOCONUS

KERATOCONUS

LASER EYE SURGERY

LASER EYE SURGERY

LASIK SURGERY

LASIK SURGERY

MACULAR DEGENERATION

MACULAR DEGENERATION

CORNEAL TRANSPLANT

CORNEAL TRANSPLANT

DIABETIC RETINOPATHY

DIABETIC RETINOPATHY

PTERYGIUM SURGERY

PTERYGIUM SURGERY

DRY EYES

DRY EYES

FUCHS DYSTROPHY

FUCHS DYSTROPHY

CLEAR LENS EXCHANGE

CLEAR LENS EXCHANGE

LIPIFLOW

LIPIFLOW

MULTIFOCAL

MULTIFOCAL

PINK EYE

PINK EYE

EMERGENCY EYE CARE

EMERGENCY EYE CARE

RED EYES

RED EYES

EYE FLOATERS

EYE FLOATERS