Ophthalmologists and optometrists generally recommend eye exams every one or two years, depending on age. For people younger than 50, every two years is suggested, while those over 50 should make an appointment every year. Although you may not have any obvious vision problems, these examinations are important because some of the more problematic eye diseases don’t cause symptoms early on when diagnosis is most important and treatment is most effective.
Of these “silent” diseases, glaucoma is one of the most common. Glaucoma develops when pressure inside the eye (the eye needs some pressure to stay inflated) becomes higher than the eye can tolerate. That added pressure slowly damages the optic nerve and causes loss of peripheral vision, or eventually all vision if left untreated. Unfortunately glaucoma does not cause obvious visual symptoms until very late in the disease. Although glaucoma is treatable, it can’t technically be cured and the damage can’t be reversed so early diagnosis and proper treatment is critical to ensure useful lifetime vision.
Advanced Glaucoma Care
Dr. Kurt Schwiesow, MD
If diagnosed with glaucoma, it’s best if your primary eye care provider has a relationship with a fellowship trained glaucoma specialist such as Tower Clock Eye Center’s Dr. Kurt Schwiesow, MD. Dr. Schwiesow completed his glaucoma fellowship at University of Wisconsin-Madison and consults on patients referred from optometrists and ophthalmologists throughout Northeast Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. If you or your current eye care provider would like a glaucoma consultation, please call our office at 920 499-3102.
The Key to Glaucoma Treatment
The key to glaucoma treatment is early detection, so be sure to visit your eye care provider regularly for a comprehensive dilated eye exam. When glaucoma is diagnosed early, there is a greater likelihood that simple noninvasive treatments can control the disease. Your optometrist has the training and experience to diagnose, treat and control eye pressure for most patients. If your pressures prove more difficult to control, however, referral to a fellowship trained glaucoma specialist such as Dr. Schwiesow may become necessary.
Game changer in Glaucoma Care
If treatment of your glaucoma requires surgery, an ophthalmology-specific surgery center will provide the most cost effective and cutting edge care. Tower Clock Surgery Centeris focused specifically on surgical eye care, with the most efficient and highly trained technicians as well as the most effective glaucoma surgery options available. At Tower Clock Surgery Center you’ll pay less out-of-pocket with a higher level of care and more flexible scheduling when compared to area hospitals and multi-specialty surgery centers. We also accept nearly every insurance plan available in the area.
If you have been diagnosed with glaucoma and would like to work with a fellowship-trained glaucoma specialist, ask for a referral from your optometrist or call us at 920 499-3102.
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