Washington University has some of the top glaucoma specialists in the nation. Our physicians are experts in glaucoma treatment, and give compassionate care to each of our patients. Glaucoma damages the eye’s optic nerve, and is the leading cause of blindness in the United States.

Glaucoma usually occurs when the fluid pressure in the eyes slowly rises, damaging the optic nerve. Often there are no symptoms at first, but comprehensive eye exams can help detect glaucoma.

People at risk should get eye exams at least every two years. They include:

  • African Americans over age 40
  • People over age 60, especially Mexican Americans
  • People with a family history of glaucoma

Glaucoma treatment

Early glaucoma treatment can help protect your eyes against vision loss. Washington University glaucoma doctors provide the following treatment options:

  • Medicine
  • Laser surgery
  • Standard glaucoma surgery
  • Trabeculotomy

Learn more about glaucoma treatment or find a glaucoma doctor near you, visit the Ophthalmology Department website.

More information on glaucoma treatment can also be found at the National Institutes of Health – National Eye Institute website.