Glaucoma Specialists in Largo, Clearwater, St. Petersburg and Tampa
Glaucoma is an eye disease that often strikes without any warning or obvious symptoms. That’s why it is called the “silent thief of sight.” Glaucoma is the second most common cause of blindness in the United States and the most common among African-Americans. The exact cause of primary Open-angle glaucoma, the most common form, is unknown. However, other forms of glaucoma may occur in conjunction with other abnormalities of the eye. There is no “cure” for glaucoma, but vision loss can usually be prevented or slowed by proper treatment and continual follow up and monitoring of the disease. Glaucoma is one of the most common causes of preventable vision loss. The best way to protect yourself from vision loss caused by glaucoma is to know your risk factors and to have your eyes examined at intervals recommended by one of our Tampa Bay Glaucoma specialists.
Open-angle glaucoma the most common form of glaucoma, develops slowly and without symptoms. Damage to the optic nerve often goes unnoticed in early stages. Detection of glaucoma may go unnoticed unless properly diagnosed by a physician. Despite the angle (space between the iris and cornea) being wide open, increased intraocular pressure is caused by the slow clogging of the drainage canals of the trabecular meshwork. This type of glaucoma responds well to medication and surgery – especially if detected early.
Dr. Jeffrey Schwartz and Dr. Kevin Greenidge are board-certified, fellowship-trained glaucoma surgeons, who received their specialty training in the diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma. Dr. Nora Cothran joined our glaucoma specialists to assist in diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma along with providing general eye exams and follow-up for our patients with glaucoma.