Monday, November 8, 2010

Glaucoma 202 The Nerve Analysis

The very first thing that is lost when we have glaucoma damage is the individual nerve fibers that make up the optic nerve. Remember the optic nerve is the nerve that brings "light" from the eye to the brain. It's made up of tiny nerve fibers that are the innermost layer of the retina, the film that "sees".

We can actually measure how healthy these nerve fibers are using one of several Nerve Fiber Analyzers. At Skyvision Centers in Cleveland we are now using the OCT made by Zeiss, the most advanced instrument of its kind.

The OCT gives us a 3-dimensional view of the nerve fiber layer. Not only that, but it also compares the first test with a group of "normal" studies from age-matched studies. Follow-up tests can then be compared with one another to see if the glaucoma is getting worse.

Don't let glaucoma, the "silent thief"  steal your vision. Visit Dr. Kaye, Dr. Schlegel, and Dr. White at Skyvision Centers in Westlake for a complete evaluation, especially if there is glaucoma in your family.

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