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Our experienced Glaucoma Specialists at Allegheny Ophthalmology Associates has the expertise required to perform a wide range of services to help you diagnose and treat Glaucoma. Call or request an appointment online today!

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Allegheny Ophthalmology Glaucoma

Allegheny Ophthalmology Associates

Pittsburgh's Most Reliable, Local Ophthalmologists, located in Natrona Heights, PA

Pittsburgh's Top Glaucoma Specialist

When the fluid pressure in the eye is abnormally elevated, the pressure may damage the optic nerve or the bundle of fibers carrying messages from the retina to the brain. Eye nerve damage (opens in a new tab)causes a deterioration in sight at the edge of the field of vision. Even though the central vision can remain sharp, the loss of peripheral vision can be debilitating.

Glaucoma is a slowly progressive disease and can lead to loss of visual function if undetected or untreated. Glaucoma can be treated and loss of vision can be prevented. Contact our office, located in Natrona Heights, PA, by calling 724-224-4240 or scheduling an appointment online to meet with one of our ophthalmologists at Allegheny Ophthalmology Associates and discuss next steps for Glaucoma.



FAQs on Glaucoma:

What are the Signs of Glaucoma?

There are usually no definitive symptoms. However, in early cases, glaucoma causes a loss of peripheral vision(opens in a new tab) and often goes unnoticed, as objects to the side are not at the center of attention. Everyday activities, like crossing a busy street can become potentially dangerous. Patients may also experience pain in the eye, often accompanied by nausea, vomiting and rapid blurring or loss of vision(opens in a new tab).  

Vision problems typically become noticeable only in the later stages of the disease, usually after major damage has been done and sight has been permanently affected. 

What are the Types of Glaucoma?

Glaucoma is initially classified depending on whether the drainage angle of the eye is open (open-angle(opens in a new tab)) or closed (angle closure or acute(opens in a new tab)). The most common type of glaucoma is Progressive Open-Angle Glaucoma(opens in a new tab), which is hereditary. Currently, there is no cure, but disease progression can be slowed down with treatment. Examinations and early detection can help protect against the onset of open-angle and closed-angle glaucoma.

Who is at Risk of Developing Glaucoma?

Age is a factor in developing glaucoma, which occurs more frequently in adults over the age of 45(opens in a new tab). Since the disease can be inherited(opens in a new tab), if you have relatives affected by glaucoma, you have an increased risk of developing it as well. However, just because someone in your family has glaucoma does not mean you will necessarily develop the disease. 

People with diabetes(opens in a new tab), near-sightedness(opens in a new tab) or poor blood circulation(opens in a new tab) are more likely to develop glaucoma. Race may play a factor. African Americans(opens in a new tab) are four to six times more likely to develop the disease than Caucasians.

What is the Treatment for Glaucoma?

While there is no cure for glaucoma, medication, laser, and surgical intervention can prevent or slow down vision loss. In the early stages, glaucoma is usually treated with daily eye drops to lower the pressure of the eye. Eye drops(opens in a new tab) can actually delay or prevent the onset of glaucoma if you have elevated eye pressure. When eye drops are ineffective, surgery may be needed. Our team of ophthalmologists at Allegheny Ophthalmology Associates will find the right treatment plan for you. 

How do you Test for Glaucoma? 

During your eye exam, our providers will check the fluid pressure in your eyes, examine your vision at various distances, and dilates your pupils with drops to inspect your optic nerve. We will also measure your corneal thickness(opens in a new tab) and check your visual field to measure side vision.

How Often Should I be Evaluated for Glaucoma?

We recommend that if you are under 45 you should be checked for glaucoma every four years(opens in a new tab). If you are older than 45 with no risk factors, you should get eye exams every two years. If you are over 45 with risk factors should get an exam every year. Call our office or schedule an appointment online with one of our ophthalmologists. 

If you have been experiencing vision changes, schedule an eye exam right away. If you have any of the symptoms or are experiencing vision loss due to macular degeneration, call our office or schedule an appointment online with one of our ophthalmologists.