Top Glaucoma Doctors in Cape Coral
As you evaluate the top glaucoma doctors in Cape Coral, schedule a glaucoma evaluation at Elmquist Eye Group to learn more about what causes glaucoma, whether you may be a risk, and how the disease is treated.
Elmquist Eye Group has served Fort Myers, Cape Coral, and Southwest Florida for 25 years. E. Trevor Elmquist, DO, Kate Wagner, OD, his partner, and Nina Burt, OD and Sarah Eccles-Brown, MD, his associates, provide a complete range of services, including comprehensive eye exams and diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of eye conditions.
How We Detect Glaucoma
Getting a comprehensive dilated eye exam at Elmquist Eye Group is the most important thing you can do to detect glaucoma before it damages your vision. People at higher risk for glaucoma should get a complete eye exam, including eye dilation, every one or two years.
Glaucoma is an eye disease that causes vision loss by damaging a part of the eye called the optic nerve. A healthy optic nerve is essential because it carries information from the eyes to the brain. The disease often occurs when the normal fluid pressure inside the eye slowly rises, but checking only the eye pressure is not enough because even people with normal eye pressure can develop the disease.
We will use drops to dilate the pupil of your eye to examine your optic nerve and other diagnostic tests to visualize and assess any damage to the optic nerve. We may also inspect the drainage structure of your eye, analyze the optic nerve by means of a scanning laser, take optic nerve photos, measure the corneal thickness, and test the visual fields of each eye.
Diagnosing glaucoma is not always simple, and careful evaluation of the optic nerve is essential for diagnosis and treatment. At Elmquist Eye Group, we will look at many factors before making decisions about the severity of your glaucoma and treatment.
For most people, eye drops are the primary treatment to help reduce the pressure inside your eye caused by glaucoma. Sometimes, oral medications are also prescribed. When medications are not enough to keep the intraocular pressure under control, laser surgery or surgery in the operating room may be needed to help promote proper drainage and prevent fluid and pressure from building up.
Each person’s eyes are unique, and the best course of treatment will depend upon the nature and severity of the disease. Although glaucoma cannot be cured, when detected and treated at an early stage, its progress can often be slowed.
If you have been diagnosed with glaucoma or have risk factors for the disease and are interested in glaucoma diagnosis or treatment, the top glaucoma doctors at Elmquist Eye Group can help. Call us today at (239) 936-2020 to schedule an appointment.