Glaucoma Specialists at Illinois Eye Center (IEC) in Peoria, IL are now using a new, minimally invasive glaucoma therapy called Trabectome® in addition to more traditional glaucoma surgeries. This minimally invasive procedure is designed to decrease pressure within the eye and stabilize vision. Illinois Eye Center is the first practice in Central Illinois to offer this therapy.
Featured this month: Dr. Evan Lagouros, Fellowship-Trained Glaucoma Specialist
“Most people who have glaucoma don’t realize that they have it early in the disease course. Increased pressure is commonly associated with glaucoma; however, you can’t feel the pressure in your eye unless there’s a sudden and dramatic increase, and eye pressure alone is not sufficient to diagnose or treat glaucoma. Routine eye exams are the key to detecting the disease early enough to treat your condition and prevent progression of disease and loss of vision.
What is Glaucoma?
Glaucoma is an eye disease that gradually steals vision. It typically occurs when increased pressure within the eye causes damage to the optic nerve. Pressure in the eye is typically due to a buildup. This fluid normally exits your eye via a drainage system at the angle where your iris and cornea meet. When the drainage system isn’t working like it needs to, fluid can’t leave your eye at a normal rate, and pressure builds within your eye.