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Sunday, January 4, 2015

Glaucoma Diagnosis & Treatment Improvements

For those patients with glaucoma or at risk of getting glaucoma, new advances in diagnosis and treatment are thought to lower the chance of vision loss. In fact the risk of blindness from glaucoma has dropped by nearly half according to researchers from Mayo Clinic.

Glaucoma is a condition where the eye does not drain fluid properly, resulting in high pressure in the eye that can damage the optic nerve. In the United States, 2.7 million people age 40 and older have the condition. If left untreated, glaucoma reduces peripheral vision and eventually may cause blindness. According to the Mayo Clinic study, the likelihood of losing sight in one eye was 28 percent for patients diagnosed with glaucoma between 1965 and1980. That number fell to 13.5 percent for patients diagnosed between 1981 and 2000.

“We constantly work and remind patients to have regular eye exams with glaucoma testing at appropriate intervals as this is the best way to detect glaucoma early and initiate treatment as quickly as possible,” remarked Arturo Betancourt, M.D., Medical Director of Baltimore Washington Eye Center. “Further, as necessary, we use our in office advanced diagnostic imaging technology called Optical Coherence Technology (OCT) as well as high resolution digital photography for diagnostic purposes to catch glaucoma as early as possible. This early diagnosis along with in office laser treatments for glaucoma has contributed to our ability to prevent vision loss and blindness from glaucoma,” explained Brad Spagnolo, M.D., Director of Refractive Surgery.

“Patients still have a key role to play here,” noted Dr. Spagnolo. “Early detection is the key to saving sight. Despite these advances, 15 percent of those diagnosed with glaucoma still do go blind. We can’t over emphasize the importance of getting regular eye exams to detect glaucoma in the early stages so that we can prescribe vision preserving treatment as soon as possible,” stressed Dr. Spagnolo.

If you or someone you know is concerned about glaucoma, has any risk factors for glaucoma or needs to schedule a glaucoma eye exam, please feel free to call Baltimore Washington Eye Center at 800-495-3937, visit Baltimore Washington Eye Center or

Baltimore Washington Eye Center is a leading eye care practice with office locations at 200 Hospital Drive, Suite 600, Glen Burnie, Maryland 21061 and River Hill Professional Center, 6100 Day Long Lane, Suite 207, Clarksville, Maryland 21029, serving the greater Baltimore and Washington, D.C. area.