Glaucoma

Glaucoma is the second-leading cause of blindness in America (behind macular degeneration), and the second-leading cause of blindness in the world (behind cataracts).

Glaucoma is an eye disease that’s associated with a build-up of pressure within the eye. If left untreated, it can cause damage to the eye’s optic nerve, which can lead to peripheral vision loss and eventually blindness. Glaucoma is generally a slow, progressive disease and has no early warning symptoms; many patients are unaware of their condition. And once your vision becomes impaired, it cannot be recovered.

Glaucoma

The importance of regular eye exams

The best way to protect your vision is to have routine and comprehensive eye exams.   This includes glaucoma testing which is designed to measure your eye pressure. If signs for glaucoma are detected, it can be treated before any long-term damage occurs and enable you to protect your eyesight.

Risk Factors

While more common in older patients, glaucoma strikes young people as well, so eye exams are recommended at every age.  Many risk factors exist for the development of glaucoma, including:

  • Over age 60
  • People of black African or black Caribbean descent, Hispanics, and Asians have an increased risk of developing glaucoma and developing it at an earlier age.
  • Family history of glaucoma
  • Previous eye injuries, traumas or surgeries that cause eye inflammation.
  • Hyperopia (farsightedness)
  • Long-term corticosteroid use (eyedrops, pills, inhalers, creams)
  • Conditions related to blood flow, such as migraines, diabetes, low blood pressure, and hypertension

Glaucoma example

Treatment

Once your condition is diagnosed, we will recommend a comprehensive treatment plan to control your condition and save your vision. Treatment options include surgery, lasers, and medication. Your treatment will depend upon the severity of your condition and your overall health. Eye drops with medication aimed at lowering pressure in the eye are usually tried first.

Financing & Payment Options

Obtaining the funds for elective procedures and products can sometimes be difficult, especially in these challenging economic times. At Belcara Health, we have a dedicated financing department, designed to help you get the financing you need, for the procedures you want.

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Why Belcara Health?

If you are ready to improve or preserve your vision and eye health, the practice and surgeon you select are your most important decisions. To be confident with your results, you must have confidence in your medical team.

With credentials from such esteemed institutions as the University of Pennsylvania and Johns Hopkins Medical Institute, Board-Certified Ophthalmologist Dr. Richard A. Adler has extensive experience in the detection and treatment of glaucoma. He is renowned for providing his patients with compassionate care and excellent outcomes for common conditions affecting eye health, including cataracts, diabetes, glaucoma, and macular degeneration. Specializing in the management of Dry Eye Disease, corneal diseases, and laser vision correction, Dr. Adler is a nationally-recognized speaker on the topics related to eye disease and regularly lectures practicing ophthalmologists and optometrists on related topics. Read full bio.

Exceptional patient care is the core of our philosophy at Belcara Health. Our goal is for you to feel as if you just received the best care possible and absolutely love your results. Located in a welcoming, sophisticated, luxurious facility, our 5-star services and staff provide an unparalleled experience. At each stage, we make every effort to surpass all your expectations. We are constantly upgrading our knowledge, technology, and services – and it shows. Our strong reputation and the trust of the community validates this commitment.

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Dr. Richard A. Adler

Board-Certified Surgeon & Ophthalmology Specialist

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