Glaucoma is a degenerative eye condition that can eventually destroy a person's vision if it’s not treated. In most cases, people don’t even know they have glaucoma until the symptoms begin to cause some degree of vision loss. There’s no known cure for glaucoma and, left untreated, it can eventually result in total blindness. In the United States, glaucoma is the number 1 cause of blindness and vision loss. When pressure inside the eye begins to build, it dramatically increases a person's chance of developing glaucoma. Glaucoma isn’t painful and the most common indication that the condition is present is the loss of peripheral vision.
Ophthalmologists who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma will often prescribe eye drops or prescription medications to help reduce the pressure in the eye and control the advancement of the condition. Both conventional and laser surgeries are used to help drain away excess fluids that begin to collect within the eye. Individuals who have lost some of their vision may still benefit from certain aspects of treatment. The doctor may have treatment options or devices that can help to restore at least a small portion of a person's vision.
Although glaucoma can be diagnosed in almost anyone, there are certain groups who are more likely to have the condition. African Americans who are over 40 years of age are known to be susceptible to the condition. Any individual over the age of 60 is also at an increased risk, regardless of ethnic background. Small children can also be born with cataracts. Individuals who have a medical history that includes glaucoma or other eye conditions may also increase a person's overall risk. If a person has several family members who have been diagnosed with glaucoma, they should be checked as often as recommended to ensure the condition is caught in its earliest stages.
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"Convenient location and parking. I love that they disinfect all the equipment right in front of you before your face and chin touch all their eye testing equipments."
"Went in for a complete eye exam. The front desk staff were wonderful, very friendly and extremely helpful. the technicians in the back were extremely courteous..."
"Fantastic clinic. They took us in immediately on a Monday morning for concerning eye issues that developed right before the weekend...5 stars for sure!!!"
"Drs. Dai & Wollen of The Eye Physicians of Austin literally gave me back my sight!! I can't recommend these & all the doctors at The Eye Physicians of Austin enough!!!"
"Wow! They're so nice. I even had a nurse to hold my hand while some work was being done on my eye! Now, how sweet is that?"
"Dr. Peter Wollan walks on water, as far as I'm concerned. He did cataract surgery on my right eye and the results are amazing. If there were 10 stars, I'd give them."
"My wife and I have had great experiences with Eye Physicians of Austin. We've been seeing Dr. Buckingham for several years and she's always treated us well."
"I love this place. I see Dr. Dai and have seen Dr. Pierce before and they are both great doctors."
"Dr. Dai was great, super nice, had a great smile and talked to me in a way that was easy to understand!"
"Dr. Pearce who was calm, patient and kind when I was freaking out. He not only saved my eyeball, I see just as well as I did before. 20/20 with correction."
"Day 1 Lasik seeing perfectly. Much thanks to Dr. Pierce and Eric as its been seamless."
"I've been a glaucoma patient for over 30 years, n that time, I've learned how to tell the good from the bad glaucoma doctors, and Dr Wollan is definitely a good one."
"I recently saw doctor Khan Farooqui, an amazing person and physician really enjoyed his feedback for me and his medical attention."
"Dr. Wollan is outstanding. He took the time to explain my situation and the action that needs to be taken to prevent further damage."
" Dr. Pierce is personable and extremely competent. I can't recommend him or this practice enough."
"Dr. Dai removed a small piece of wire from right eye and I felt no pain. The eye soon healed and my 20-20 vision was returned."
"My husband and I have seen Dr. Plunkett at Eye Physicians of Austin for several years and we've received excellent care."
"Very professional operation. Dr. Buckingham is a great doctor with a pleasant manner. Wait times are reasonable and communication with the front desk is smooth."
"I will probably be seeing Dr. Wollan for some time and what better place than Eye Physicians of Austin!"