Known as the “silent thief of sight”, Glaucoma is the world’s second leading cause of blindness (behind cataracts). Unlike cataracts, which are accompanied by a discernible vision impairment, glaucoma often has no early symptoms. It is caused by damage to the optic nerve, that over time leads to a permanent, progressive loss of vision. Because any vision loss caused by glaucoma cannot be reversed, early detection and treatment are your best tools to defeat this silent thief. And the good news is, that for most cases of glaucoma, treatment can be as easy as dependably using prescription eye drops and regularly visiting Northside Vision for on-going monitoring so we can work with you to stay ahead of the disease. More advanced cases can sometimes benefit from surgery. Just know that whatever it takes, Dr Fairborn will be a dedicated partner in your fight to retain your vision.
Northside Vision wants all our patients to outlive their eyesight, so we invest heavily in glaucoma diagnosis and treatment technologies and protocols. You can help by keeping your regularly scheduled eye exams; notifying us of any family history or changes to your own health and diligently following any treatment protocols prescribed by Dr Fairborn. And of course, come see us any time you notice a change to your eye health or vision.