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Early detection is key. Learn more about the signs, symptoms, and treatment for glaucoma in Newport Beach, CA.


See the signs, save your sight.

Our vision is a precious gift, a gateway to experiencing the world’s beauty and easily navigating our daily lives. But what if that clarity starts to fade? Glaucoma poses a silent threat, often progressing without noticeable symptoms until vision loss has begun. Your odds of getting glaucoma of you have a first-degree family so it’s imperative to get evaluated for glaucoma at a younger age.

At California Eye Associates, we prioritize comprehensive eye care and glaucoma management for our Orange County area clients. Whether you’re concerned about your risk or seeking treatment, our dedicated team is here to guide you. Contact us today to schedule your appointment and empower yourself to see clearly, live unbound, and protect your vision for years to come.

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What is glaucoma?

Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases that can damage the optic nerve, leading to gradual vision loss and even blindness if left untreated. It’s often called the “silent thief of sight” because there are usually no early symptoms, highlighting the importance of regular eye exams. The main types of glaucoma are open-angle and angle-closure.

Open-angle glaucoma is the most common type, affecting over 90% of people with glaucoma. It occurs when the fluid that naturally flows through your eye doesn’t drain properly, building up pressure and damaging the optic nerve. There are usually no symptoms in the early stages.

Angle-closure glaucoma develops when the drainage angle in your eye becomes blocked, causing a sudden and rapid increase in pressure. This can cause severe pain, redness, blurred vision, and even permanent vision loss if not treated quickly.

Testing and diagnosis

Glaucoma is a serious eye disease that must be treated immediately, or it can result in severe vision loss or blindness. While there is no cure, early detection and treatment are crucial to preserve your sight. Unlike a simple pressure check at a health fair, a comprehensive eye exam with Dr. Kurteeva dives deep into your eye’s health, offering invaluable insights beyond just numbers. This thorough evaluation explores the intricate anatomy of your eye and meticulously examines the optic nerve for any signs of damage.

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How treatment works

Glaucoma is a serious eye condition, but the good news is the treatment approach depends on your specific diagnosis and needs. Dr. Kurteeva will conduct a thorough examination to determine the best course of action for you.

For patients experiencing narrow-angle glaucoma, treatment will require surgery. The procedure requires creating tiny openings in the iris with a laser (peripheral iridotomy). This painless procedure reduces the risk of sudden pressure spikes and vision loss. While it doesn’t improve vision, it’s crucial for prevention.

Fortunately, for patients experiencing open-angle glaucoma, most cases can be managed effectively with prescription eye drops. Various options are available, and Dr. Kurteeva will find the combination best suited for you.

If medications don’t suffice, laser treatments or minimally invasive procedures like Trabeculotomy or Istent placement might be considered for patients with advanced cases of glaucoma.


Frequently Asked Questions

Early on, glaucoma often has no symptoms. This is why regular eye exams are crucial for early detection. In later stages, you may experience:

  • Blurred vision or halos around lights
  • Tunnel vision
  • Eye pain or redness (in angle-closure glaucoma)

Glaucoma diagnosis typically involves a comprehensive eye exam, a visual field test, and imaging tests.

Treatment for glaucoma depends on the type and severity. However, the goal is always to prevent further nerve damage and preserve vision. Options include eye drops, laser treatments, and, in some cases, surgery.

There is no cure for glaucoma, but early detection and treatment can help prevent vision loss. It’s crucial to follow your recommended treatment plan for optimal results.

Several factors increase your risk of glaucoma, including:

  • Age (over 40)
  • Family history of glaucoma
  • High eye pressure
  • Certain medical conditions (e.g., diabetes)

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