Early Detection & Treatment

Glaucoma Diagnosis
& Co-Management

Detecting glaucoma early can prevent vision loss. Take charge of your eye health by scheduling a glaucoma exam with our experienced team.

Glaucoma Diagnosis & Co-Management, New York, NY 

Glaucoma is a serious eye condition that can lead to irreversible vision loss if left untreated. At Dr. Gary Tracy Optometry & Eyewear between Amsterdam Avenue and Broadway, our experienced eye doctors can diagnose glaucoma during an eye exam. Early detection and treatment of glaucoma are essential to preventing vision loss. Once eyesight is lost due to glaucoma, it cannot be restored.

What is glaucoma? 

Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases that damage the optic nerve, which is responsible for transmitting visual information from the eye to the brain. It typically occurs when fluid builds up in the front part of the eye, leading to increased pressure that damages the optic nerve over time. Without proper treatment, glaucoma can gradually impair peripheral vision and eventually cause blindness. 

Glaucoma is often referred to as the “silent thief of sight” because it usually doesn’t have symptoms in its early stages. By the time most people become aware of their vision problems, irreversible damage has usually occurred. That’s why it’s crucial to get regular eye exams to detect glaucoma early on and prevent further vision loss. 

Glaucoma diagnosis on the Upper West Side 

Detecting glaucoma in its early stages is crucial to preserving your vision and preventing further damage to the optic nerve. During an eye exam at Dr. Gary Tracy Optometry & Eyewear, our optometrist will use advanced diagnostic equipment to check for early signs of glaucoma. We will run a series of tests to check the intraocular pressure of your eyes, assess any peripheral vision loss, and look for early signs of glaucoma.  

Treatment for glaucoma    

While there is no cure for glaucoma, early treatment can significantly slow down or reduce the negative effects of the disease. 

Treatment for glaucoma depends on the type and severity of the disease. If you are diagnosed with glaucoma, our doctors will work with you on the next best steps and determine the best glaucoma management plan for you.   

Glaucoma treatment and management may include:   

  • Prescription eye drops  
  • Medicine    
  • Surgery    

Surgery co-management for glaucoma 

If other treatments don’t effectively lower your eye pressure to a safe level, our eye doctor may suggest surgery. We will refer you to an ophthalmologist in the area who will run extensive tests to determine if surgery is necessary. After surgery is performed, your eye doctor at Dr. Gary Tracy Optometry & Eyewear will monitor your progress and recovery during follow-up visits.

Our team of eye care professionals is here to support your vision needs. If you are noticing any changes in your vision, schedule your eye exam at our office near the Lincoln Center today.