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Glaucoma

Raphael E Rosenbaum, MD

Ophthalmologist & Uveitis Specialist located in Upper East Side, New York, NY; Borough Park, Brooklyn, NY; New Rochelle, NY; and Forest Hills, NY

More than three million people in the United States live with glaucoma, which can lead to vision loss if not detected and treated properly. Raphael E. Rosenbaum, MD, has extensive experience helping his patients in the tri-state area better manage glaucoma, allowing them to maintain good vision. For more information about treating glaucoma, call one of the four New York offices in the Upper East Side of Manhattan, the Borough Park neighborhood of Brooklyn, New Rochelle, and Forest Hills. You can use the online scheduling tool to set up an appointment.

Glaucoma Q & A

What is glaucoma?

Glaucoma is a group of diseases that affects your optic nerve, causing progressive and irreversible damage if left untreated. 

What are the primary types of glaucoma?

There are many types of glaucoma, but the following are the most common forms of the disease:

Primary open-angle glaucoma

This type of glaucoma is far and away the most common and occurs when fluid builds up in your eye, largely because of poor drainage in your trabecular meshwork, leading to increased intraocular pressure (IOP). This pressure can eventually cause damage to your optic nerve.

Narrow-angle glaucoma

With narrow-angle glaucoma, also called angle-closure glaucoma, the drainage path in your eye is blocked by your iris. While narrow-angle glaucoma can build slowly, when the drainage angle becomes blocked completely, the pressure in your eye can build rapidly in an acute and painful attack.

Uveitic glaucoma

Uveitis is an inflammatory eye disorder that can cause glaucoma in up to 20% of patients with uveitis. As a specialist in uveitis, Dr. Rosenbaum understands the complex connection between uveitis and glaucoma, so he monitors these two conditions closely.

What are the symptoms of glaucoma?

Outside of an acute attack of angle-closure glaucoma, the symptoms of glaucoma are tough to notice since the IOP can build slowly, causing no outward signs that there’s a problem. Unfortunately, the first noticeable signs of glaucoma occur when your optic nerve becomes damaged, which leads to a loss of peripheral vision and increasing tunnel vision, which is why early detection is key.

How is glaucoma detected and treated?

While you may not notice the signs of glaucoma, a few simple tests can detect the presence of the disease. Between visual acuity tests, visual field testing, OCT testing, ERG testing, VEP testing, and tonometry, which measures your IOP, the team is able to detect glaucoma before it causes irreparable damage. 

Should the team detect glaucoma, they work quickly to manage the progression of the condition. Through vigilant monitoring, Dr. Rosenbaum and the team understand when they should step in with treatments that include:

  • Medications
  • Laser therapies
  • Surgical intervention

Each of these treatments is highly effective in preserving your vision, which is Dr. Rosenbaum’s primary goal when it comes to glaucoma.

For expert detection and management of glaucoma, please call one of the four New York locations or use the online scheduling tool to book an appointment.