Glaucoma

Glaucoma is a leading cause of blindness for people over 40 years old. But blindness from glaucoma can often be prevented with early treatment.


Glaucoma is a silent thief of sight.

Glaucoma has no symptoms in its early stages. In fact, half the people with glaucoma do not know they have it ! Having regular eye exams can help your ophthalmologist find this disease before you lose vision. Your ophthalmologist at our centre, can tell you how often you should be examined.

What is Glaucoma?

Glaucoma is a disease that damages your eye’s optic nerve. It usually happens when fluid builds up in the front part of your eye. That extra fluid increases the pressure in your eye, damaging the optic nerve.

WHAT WE DO ?

The Glaucoma Department is led by Dr Sahebaan S Sethi, a trained and well known Glacuoma Specialist in Delhi NCR, supported by 3 other ophthalmic surgeons. The department is geared to treat the full range of glaucoma conditions, including complex cases like neovascular glaucoma and post-surgical cases. Dr Sahebaan & team has been awarded on multiple occasions by organisations both domestic and overseas for her contribution in glaucoma. Glaucoma is a progressive eye disease caused by damage to the optic nerve (the seeing nerve of the eye) when high fluid pressure within the eye damages the delicate fibres of this nerve.

Primary Open Angle Glaucoma (POAG)

It happens gradually, where the eye does not drain fluid as well as it should (like a clogged drain). As a result, eye pressure builds and starts to damage the optic nerve. This type of glaucoma is painless and causes no vision changes at first.

Some people can have optic nerves that are sensitive to normal eye pressure. This means their risk of getting glaucoma is higher than normal. Regular eye exams are important to find early signs of damage to their optic nerve.

Angle-closure glaucoma
(ACG)

This type happens when eye pressure builds due to structurally narrow drainage angle in the eye. This impedes the drainage of fluid out of the eye, resulting in accumulation of the fluid and resultant increase pressure in the eye. When the drainage angle gets completely blocked, eye pressure rises very quickly. This is called an acute attack. It is a true eye emergency, and you should call your ophthalmologist right away or you might go blind.



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How to know if you are at risk.

  • Age over 40 years
  • Family History of Glaucoma
  • Have High Eye Pressure (IOP)
  • Use of Steroids (oral / cream / topically)
  • Are Farsighted or Nearsighted
  • Have had an Eye Injury
  • Have Thinning of the Optic Nerves.
  • Have Systemic problems like Diabetes, Migraines or other problems affecting Blood Circulation.

Diagnosing Glaucoma.
The only sure way to diagnose glaucoma is with a complete eye exam. A glaucoma screening that only checks eye pressure is not enough to find glaucoma.
Treating Glaucoma.
Glaucoma damage is permanent—it cannot be reversed. But medicine and surgery help to stop further damage. To treat glaucoma, your ophthalmologist at our centre, may use one or more of the following treatments.


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