Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness in the U.S. Sometimes called “the silent thief,” it steals your sight gradually, without warning and sometimes without symptoms. More than three million Americans have glaucoma, but only half are actually aware of it.
Although there is no cure for glaucoma, there are several treatment options available. Medication, most often in the form of eye drops, is a common form. There have also been many advances in laser procedures to correct the drainage from the eye, including SLT (Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty). Intended to lower interior eye pressure in patients with the open-angle form of glaucoma, the procedure is virtually painless and only takes about 15 minutes, with no scarring or adverse effects.
Early detection is key in preventing glaucoma, combined with regular, thorough eye exams.