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What is Glaucoma?

Glaucoma is a serious eye disease that can result in permanent damage to your optic nerve. It often starts with unnoticeable blind spots in your peripheral vision followed by tunnel vision. If left untreated, glaucoma can lead to total blindness.

Common Questions About Glaucoma

What causes glaucoma?

Glaucoma is believed to be a genetic disease and it may not appear until later in your life. It most commonly occurs when the normal drainage flow of eye fluid is blocked, which increases pressure in your eye.

Besides hereditary factors, glaucoma can also be caused by trauma, inflammatory eye conditions, or other causes. There’s also a known relationship between diabetes, nearsightedness and open-angle glaucoma (the most common type of glaucoma).

What can be done about glaucoma?

Glaucoma is usually managed with eye drops, and vision loss can be slowed or prevented, but early detection is vital. Minimally Invasive Glaucoma Surgery is an excellent alternative to the use of eye drops, especially if you need to use more than one drop or if you are not able to consistently use your eye drops. In more severe cases, glaucoma shunt procedures or filtering blebs are needed. NVISION has multiple surgeons who specialize in the surgical treatment of glaucoma.

What types of glaucoma is there?

There are several types of glaucoma, with primary open-angle glaucoma being the most common. In this form, the drainage system of the eye becomes less efficient over time, causing a gradual increase in IOP. Other types of glaucoma include angle-closure glaucoma, secondary glaucoma (often resulting from other eye conditions or medical treatments), and congenital glaucoma (present at birth).

Why Choose NVISION for Eye Care Needs?

Our Experience

Our board-certified surgeons are the most experienced, educated and caring professionals in the eye care industry. Our surgeons have performed over 2,500,000 procedures. More eye doctors have had their surgery performed by an NVISION surgeon than any other provider of eye care.

Patient Care

Every NVISION patient is different, and therefore, we strive to personalize their treatment based on their unique needs. We treat every patient with care, compassion, empathy and professionalism with a promise to deliver the best-in-class patient care.


We utilize only the most advanced laser and diagnostic equipment available to ensure we can deliver the best outcomes for our patients.

Unparalleled Commitment

Exceptional outcomes. The gold standard in patient care. The #1 Choice of Eye Doctors®. The Vision For Life promise. That’s what makes the NVISION® experience like no other.

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