Glaucoma Specialist

Associated Eye Physicians

Board-Certified Ophthalmologists located in Clifton, Elizabeth, Pompton Lakes & Westfield, NJ

More than 3 million Americans live with glaucoma — a group of eye disorders that can lead to complete blindness. Alessandra Bertolucci, MD, and the team of highly skilled doctors at Associated Eye Physicians specialize in diagnosing and treating glaucoma, so they can provide the highest standard of care for patients in Clifton and Elizabeth, New Jersey, and the surrounding communities. The best way to prevent blindness from glaucoma is to have regular eye exams. Schedule yours today by phone or use the online booking tool.

Glaucoma Q & A

What causes glaucoma?

While there are several theories about the causes of glaucoma, the exact cause is unknown. This progressive group of eye disorders damages your optic nerve over time, and if left untreated, it can lead to total vision loss. Glaucoma is associated with an increase in fluid pressure inside your eye (intraocular pressure).

Angle-closure glaucoma is the less common form of the disease and is a medical emergency requiring immediate treatment to prevent blindness. Angle-closure glaucoma is the result of fluid build-up in your eye from a blockage in your eye’s drainage system. This type of glaucoma may develop over time or appear suddenly.

Normal-tension glaucoma is the most puzzling form of the disease of all, as you maintain normal eye pressure but still incur damage to your optic nerve.

Secondary glaucoma is the result of trauma, an eye injury, or another medical condition or eye abnormality.

What are the methods for diagnosing glaucoma?

Dr. Bertolucci and the expert ophthalmologists at Associated Eye Physicians offer several state-of-the-art diagnostic tools and testing on-site. Comprehensive eye exams that include glaucoma testing are your best defense against the progression of the disease. Your eye doctor monitors the health of your eyes and measures intraocular pressure, so if you experience any changes in vision or in your overall eye health, the team knows about it and can provide the necessary treatments.

What treatments are available if I develop glaucoma?

If your doctor detects abnormal pressure in one or both of your eyes, the goal of treatment is to lower the pressure and maintain a healthy level. Glaucoma treatment options may include:

  • Eye drops to regulate the pressure in your eye
  • Advanced laser procedures to drain fluid from your eye
  • Conventional surgery, or trabeculectomy
  • Implanted drainage tubes to help fluid flow from your eye and control pressure

Dr. Bertolucci and her colleagues treat glaucoma individually, based on your specific needs and lifestyle. They provide the most effective treatment solutions for your type of glaucoma and its effects on your vision. Treatment is typically lifelong to keep the disease from progressing.

For accurate diagnostic testing and effective treatments for glaucoma, call to schedule an eye exam or request the next available appointment online.