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Glaucoma is sometimes referred to as a "silent thief" of vision, often going unnoticed as it robs you of your eyesight. Early detection and treatment are critical to managing glaucoma and minimizing its impact. Outlook Eyecare is proud to have on staff Dr. Colleen Coleman, a board-certified ophthalmologist who is fellowship-trained in the diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma using the latest technology and techniques. She and our team of distinguished eye care professionals will help you to minimize the effects of glaucoma and preserve your vision.

If you would like to learn more about glaucoma treatment at one of our New Jersey locations, request a consultation at either of our offices, or call Outlook Eyecare at (609) 409-2777 (Monroe Township) or (609) 419-1920 (Princeton) . One of our helpful staff members will schedule an appointment at your convenience.

About Glaucoma

Glaucoma isn't a single eye disease, but a group of eye diseases in which vision loss is caused by damage to the optic nerve – the conduit that carries visual images to the brain. Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness in the United States behind cataracts, and there are often no warning signs.

Adult glaucoma falls into two categories: primary open-angle glaucoma, and angle-closure glaucoma. These are marked by an increase of intraocular pressure, or pressure inside the eye due to fluid buildup. In primary open-angle glaucoma – the most common form – fluid accumulates in the inner eye due to a gradual restriction of the eye's drainage canals. In angle-closure glaucoma, or acute glaucoma, pressure increases rapidly due to a sudden blockage of the drainage canal. Patients who experience angle closure glaucoma will most likely sustain permanent visual loss and require surgery. A simple laser procedure can be done in the office to prevent angle closure in patients that are at risk.

When the intraocular pressure is normal but optic nerve damage is present, this is called normal tension glaucoma. Secondary glaucoma describes the condition in which another disease causes or contributes to increased eye pressure, resulting in optic nerve damage and vision loss. Pediatric glaucoma can either be congenital or can present itself at any time during childhood.

Why Choose Us?

People prefer Outlook Eyecare for many reasons including our:

  • Team of board-certified, fellowship-trained ophthalmologists
  • Boutique-style practice centered on personalized eye care
  • Comprehensive offering of services
  • State-of-the-art technology & techniques
  • On-site optical shop
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Glaucoma Symptoms

Primary open-angle glaucoma, the most common form of the disease, is often present without symptoms. This is why glaucoma testing is such an important part of routine eye care. Typically, patients experience a gradual loss of peripheral vision in both eyes. In its advanced stages, glaucoma can cause tunnel vision and ultimately blindness.

Acute or angle-closure glaucoma is typically accompanied by eye pain, nausea, sudden visual disturbance, eye redness, and blurred vision.

See how glaucoma affects the eyes and learn about common treatment methods.

Glaucoma Treatment

Eye Drops

Depending on the type of glaucoma, your ophthalmologist may prescribe eye dropos to help reduce intraocular pressure and prevent damage to the optic nerve. With early detection, these eye drops can be very effective in preserving your vision.

Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty (SLT)

Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty (SLT) is an innovative laser procedure that is very effective in lowering intraocular pressure. The laser selectively targets melanin cells in the trabeculer meshwork (drainage system) which causes the meshwork to drain fluid more effectively. Because the laser only targets specific cells it is very safe and can be performed repeatedly. Dr. Coleman is one of an elite group of ophthalmic surgeons specializing in this approach to glaucoma surgery in New Jersey.

Laser Peripheral Iridotomy (LPI)

LPI is a laser procedure done in the office to prevent angle closure glaucoma in those who are at risk. A small laser hole is put in the iris to redirect fluid flow in the eye and open up a partially or fully blocked trabecular meshwork (drainage system).

Traditional Surgery

When medication and laser procedures are not sufficient to manage glaucoma, surgery may be performed. Surgery can lower the pressure inside the eye, and although vision that has already been lost cannot be restored, a lower pressure can prevent further visual loss from occurring. Using a patient's own tissue or one of various devices, the goal of surgery is to direct fluid outside of the eye to lower the intraocular pressure.

Glaucoma testing is part of the routine eyecare that we offer patients from Monroe Township, Princeton, and surrounding communities at our New Jersey locations. We use the latest technology for glaucoma detection and treatment to give our patients a better chance of preserving their eye health and their vision.

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