Glaucoma is a disease of the optic nerve that slowly and painlessly takes away peripheral vision and is usually seen in patients as they age. Most commonly glaucoma is associated with increased eye pressure, but about one-third of patients with glaucoma actually have normal eye pressure. If left untreated, glaucoma can ultimately lead to blindness. However, with early detection and careful management of this condition, often vision loss is preventable. Obtaining routine screenings at Athens Eye Associates can minimize the effect of this progressive condition. If any abnormalities are observed, additional testing for glaucoma, including visual field testing, high definition optic nerve OCT’s, and serial optic nerve photography, may be performed. If you are diagnosed with glaucoma, our doctors may recommend medical, surgical, or laser treatment to lower your eye pressure and prevent progressive vision loss. Selective Laser Therapy (SLT) is a safe and simple in-office laser treatment that effectively reduces eye pressure for most glaucoma patients. Whether eye drops, laser, or surgery, treatment is always tailored to the individual characteristics of each patient’s exam findings. If you have already been diagnosed with glaucoma, it is important to strictly adhere to therapy and continue regular evaluations to monitor the status of this disease, as vision loss is often not noticed by the patient.