Vision is a gift that is all too often taken for granted. Glaucoma, known as the "sneak thief of sight," is one of the culprits robbing millions worldwide of the ability to see clearly. As one of the leading causes of preventable blindness in the United States, glaucoma occurs when the liquid that is naturally produced in the eye does not drain properly, causing damage to the optic nerve. Without pain or other initial symptoms, patients are often unaware that they have this serious condition, or the importance of early intervention through glaucoma treatment options in the prevention of blindness.
With early detection and treatment, precious sight can be saved. Using an aggressive approach to glaucoma research, diagnosis and treatment, the Storm Eye Institute at MUSC Health remains at the forefront for providing innovative glaucoma services in a patient-centered environment. We strive to identify new, less invasive alternatives for our patients while leading the charge to successfully address glaucoma-related vision problems in patients throughout the world. With early detection, expert care through glaucoma treatment options, new drugs and surgical technologies, glaucoma-induced blindness can be prevented.
Glaucoma can occur in people of all ages, but is most common in people over 60 years old. African Americans over 40, people who are diabetic, extremely nearsighted, or those with a family history of the disease are at an increased risk as well and should receive regular screenings to ensure continued eye health. Glaucoma is a chronic disease that cannot yet be cured, but can be controlled through glaucoma treatment options, including glaucoma surgery.
If you, or someone you know, is at risk for glaucoma or has already been diagnosed and needs treatment, contact the Storm Eye Institute at 843-792-2020.