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Glaucoma Care

Glaucoma is often referred to as the “thief of sight” because it progresses gradually and often with no obvious symptoms, robbing you of your precious gift of sight. Glaucoma is the second-leading cause of permanent blindness in the United States, after macular degeneration. If left untreated, glaucoma can lead to permanent blindness.  

It is estimated that only half of the people with glaucoma in the U.S. are aware they have the disease. The exact cause of glaucoma is not known but there are risk factors associated with it, which include:

  • Age, people over 40
  • A family history of glaucoma
  • People of Hispanic, Asian or African decent
  • Long-term use of steroids
  • Eye pressure
  • Thinning optic nerve
  • Corneas with a thin center
  • Poor circulation, high blood pressure, migraines, and diabetes
  • Farsightedness or nearsightedness
  • Eye injuries

The USF Eye Institute is well-equipped to diagnose and manage virtually all types of glaucoma. Our clinic possesses state-of-the-art equipment for examining the eye, imaging the optic nerve, obtaining automated visual field tests, and performing multiple laser procedures.

A complete eye exam is the only way to determine if you have glaucoma. In general, all adults over the age of 40 should have regular eye exams to rule out this disease. Younger people, however, are not exempt from having glaucoma, which can affect any age group.