At Esterman Eye Institute we diagnose and treat glaucoma. Glaucoma is characterized as a group of eye diseases that damage the eye’s optic nerve, resulting in loss of vision or even blindness. Glaucoma is currently the second leading cause of vision loss in the United States.

Glaucoma primarily affects one’s peripheral vision but can also affect central vision eventually . The disease is typically treated by lowering the pressure, inside a patient’s eye. The two most common forms of glaucoma are open angle glaucoma and closed angle glaucoma.

Our ophthalmologists are trained to evaluate the optic nerve and determine which type of glaucoma is present. Based on the diagnosis, our eye care professionals will develop a treatment plan tailored to the individual patient. The earlier our eye doctors diagnose glaucoma the more successful the treatment.

Because glaucoma is usually without symptoms, we highly recommend a comprehensive eye exam at least yearly. Glaucoma is most prominently found among individuals with a family history of glaucoma, diabetics, those with nearsightedness, African Americans and the elderly.


Normal optic nerve
Optic nerve that is suspicious for glaucoma