The WVU Eye Institute offers complete glaucoma care, using the most advanced diagnostic technologies and a variety of surgical options.
Glaucoma is an eye disease in which the normal fluid pressure inside the eye increases, possibly leading to vision loss. Glaucoma causes the optic nerve, which carries vision information to the brain, to be progressively damaged.
If untreated, glaucoma can lead to blindness. But with treatment, sight can be preserved. Treatment options include eyedrops, laser therapy, or surgery. The goal of treatment is to lower the pressure inside the eye.
Pediatric and adult glaucoma services are available, ranging from advanced diagnostic technology (to determine which patients should receive glaucoma treatment) to cutting-edge laser and surgical procedures to lower the eye pressure to safe levels.
In addition, we have an active glaucoma clinical research program. Patients who choose to participate in a clinical trial benefit by helping to expand treatment options and by receiving medications and services at reduced or no cost.
- Advanced diagnostic technology (to determine which patients should receive glaucoma treatment)
- Cutting-edge laser and surgical procedures to lower the eye pressure to safe levels
Closed Angle Glaucoma
Some of these cases present with pain and vision loss and are true emergencies. Some others present without pain but with visual loss. Diabetes is a major cause of this type of closed angle glaucoma.
People with high eye pressures, abnormal eye findings or with a strong family history of glaucoma may be considered glaucoma suspects. Our state-of-the-art testing facility allows close surveillance of these people by which we may prevent visual loss from glaucoma.
Primary Open Angle Glaucoma
A condition that may result in permanent visual loss in which lowering the eye pressure is an important part of the treatment. People over the age of 50 are at risk but adults of any age can be tested. Our Eye Institute has the most modern testing facilities for glaucoma diagnosis and WVUHealthcare supports the latest advances in surgical treatment.