Glaucoma Specialist

Kim Doan, MD -  - Ophthalmologist

Advanced Eyecare of Orange County

Kim Doan, MD

Ophthalmologist & Eye Surgeon located in Newport Beach, CA & Huntington Beach, CA

Often referred to as the silent thief of sight, glaucoma is an eye disease that can irreparably damage your vision before you notice symptoms. At Advanced Eyecare of Orange County, board-certified ophthalmologist Kim Doan, MD, and her team offer expert diagnosis and treatments for glaucoma. Call Advanced Eyecare of Orange County in Huntington Beach and Newport Beach, California, or make an appointment online today.

Glaucoma Q & A

What is glaucoma?

Glaucoma is an eye disease that causes pressure to build up inside your eye, which can eventually damage your optic nerve and lead to blindness. Open-angle and closed-angle are the two most prevalent types of glaucoma.

You have openings in your eye between your cornea and your iris known as drainage angles. These small openings allow excess fluid to leave your eye. 

Open-angle glaucoma

Open-angle glaucoma occurs when your drainage angles are open, but your eye isn’t draining fluid correctly. Open-angle glaucoma usually develops slowly. It doesn’t cause pain or any other symptoms until the pressure has already damaged your optic nerve and impaired your vision. 

Closed-angle glaucoma

Closed-angle glaucoma develops when your iris and cornea are too close together, and your drainage angle is partially or fully blocked. In most cases, closed-angle glaucoma develops slowly and without noticeable symptoms. However, in some cases, when the angle becomes entirely blocked, it can cause a sudden increase in eye pressure, causing an acute glaucoma attack. Symptoms such as blurred vision, eye pain, and halos in your vision develop rapidly.

What causes glaucoma?

Glaucoma develops when the excess fluid in your eye damages your optic nerve. The condition is often genetic, and your risk increases as you age. Additionally, health conditions like diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure can increase your chances of developing glaucoma. 

How is glaucoma diagnosed?

Having routine eye exams, including glaucoma tests, is the only way to get a diagnosis for glaucoma before it damages your optic nerve and vision. At Advanced Eyecare of Orange County, the team uses non-contact tomography and other tests to assess the pressure in your eyes. 

How is glaucoma treated?

If you have glaucoma, the team at Advanced Eyecare of Orange County offers expert treatments to reduce the pressure in your eye and slow or prevent vision loss. For example, they may prescribe eye drops that either improve the way fluid drains from your eye or reduces the fluid produced in your eye. Your ophthalmologist can also prescribe oral medication to reduce eye pressure. 

Advanced Eyecare of Orange County also offers state-of-the-art laser and surgical treatments to address glaucoma, including:

  • Laser trabeculoplasty 
  • Filtering surgery
  • Drainage tube placement

Schedule your next eye exam and glaucoma test by calling Advanced Eyecare of Orange County or booking online today.