Glaucoma Blindness Risk Reduced with Advances in Diagnosis and Treatment

Top Quote "As the American Academy of Ophthalmology designates January as Glaucoma Awareness Month, we are really pleased to note that advances in technology, diagnosis and treatment along with a greater patient awareness and education level regarding glaucoma risks, have greatly reduced the risk of vision loss and blindness from glaucoma," commented Bernard Milstein, M.D. of The Eye Clinic of Texas. End Quote
  • Houston, TX (1888PressRelease) January 08, 2015 - "Each January, we begin the New Year with a renewed effort to remind patients of the need for regular eye exams and glaucoma testing that might be necessary. This, coupled with advances in glaucoma testing such as the in office optical coherence tomography (OCT) and microscopic glaucoma implants have resulted in a major decrease in vision loss and blindness from glaucoma," explained Dr. Da-Thuy Van, an Ophthalmologist at The Eye Clinic of Texas.

    About Glaucoma
    Glaucoma is an eye condition whereby the internal fluid does not properly drain from the eye resulting in high intraocular pressure that can damage the optic nerve. In the United States, 2.7 million people age 40 and older have the condition. If left untreated, glaucoma slowly and progressively reduces peripheral vision and eventually may cause blindness. According to researchers from the Mayo Clinic who reported study results in Ophthalmology, the likelihood of losing sight in one eye was 28 percent for patients diagnosed with glaucoma between 1965 and1980. That number fell to 13.5 percent for patients diagnosed between 1981 and 2000.

    "The Mayo Clinic results are virtually the same outcomes we have seen in our greater Houston and Galveston population over the past 20 years or so," remarked Allan Fradkin, M.D. "We take this as an indication that we are on the right track and remain solidly committed to bring these advances in glaucoma to our patients. Still, patients do need to help us continue the decrease in glaucoma vision loss and blindness by scheduling their regular eye exams and glaucoma testing as necessary. Early detection, diagnosis and treatment are the key to making this happen," noted Dr. Fradkin.

    The Eye Clinic of Texas is an affiliate of Houston Eye Associates, the largest ophthalmology clinic in the nation. We are a leading eye care practice serving the greater Houston, Galveston, League City and Texas City with offices at 1100 Gulf Freeway, Suite 114, League City, Texas 77573 and 7111 Medical Center Drive, Suite 110, Texas City, Texas 77590 that provide all aspects of general, medical, surgical, laser and optical eye care services.

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    For additional information, contact:
    Amy Trittel, The Eye Clinic of Texas, 2302 Avenue P, Galveston, Texas 77550, atrittel ( @ ) ecot dot com, 1-800-423-3937

    SOURCE: Medical Management Services Group, L.L.C.

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