Overview of the Glaucoma Service
Glaucoma is an eye disease caused by a group of conditions that result in progressive loss of peripheral vision. If left untreated, glaucoma can eventually lead to loss of central vision and total blindness. Many patients with glaucoma lose vision without being aware of the problem, until the condition becomes very advanced. The disease is treated by lowering pressure within the eye.
Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi’s Eye Institute has the latest technology for the diagnosis and treatment of all forms of glaucoma. In addition, Glaucoma specialist physicians are specifically trained and experienced in managing the most complex cases of glaucoma.
What We Treat
Glaucoma treatment is aimed at reducing the amount of pressure in the eye in order to prevent vision loss from occurring. Increases in eye pressure can occur for many reasons. The most common types of glaucoma develop as a result of hereditary conditions that affect the way fluid flows out of the eye. When the naturally occurring eye fluid cannot drain properly due to blockage, pressure builds up and leads to damage to the optic nerve, which connects the eye to the brain. An increase in eye pressure can also occur as a complication of other diseases, such as diabetes.
Diagnosis & Treatment of Glaucoma
Diagnosis of Glaucoma
At Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, the diagnosis of glaucoma is guided by specialized examination techniques performed by our glaucoma specialists using advanced imaging technologies. It is important to establish a good baseline of test results so that careful monitoring can detect if the disease is progressing.
Treatment of Glaucoma
The treatment for each patient with glaucoma is individualized, taking into account the underlying cause and severity of the disease and the patient’s wishes. Treatment often includes the use of eye drops to lower the pressure, but many patients may also require laser treatment or surgery. As with any eye procedure, patients need to arrange for assistance with transportation home after glaucoma treatment.
The Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi Eye Institute’s glaucoma specialists are fellowship-trained and have many years of experience treating patients from around the world, with disease ranging from common to rare types of glaucoma.
Caregivers involved in patient care for this service are:
- Ophthalmologists specialized in glaucoma treatment
- Optometrists with extensive glaucoma experience
- Specialized nurses
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