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The symptoms of glaucoma are usually undetected until later stages of the disease. However, advances in technology have made this easier. Dr. Sahar Bedrood goes over glaucoma, a vision-threatening disease that can be detected with Acuity 360's technology.

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Sahar Bedrood, MD, PhD: Hi, my name is Dr. Sahar Bedrood. I'm one of the glaucoma specialists at Acuity Eye Group. I wanted to discuss a little bit more about what glaucoma is, how we treat it, and what kind of services, both medical and surgical, we offer our patients.

Glaucoma is a disease of the optic nerve. The optic nerve is actually a nerve. It's a cable that attaches all the cells from the eye to the brain. And for reasons we don't understand, in glaucoma, that nerve starts to degenerate with time. And one of the risk factors, one of the causes we think that contribute to this loss is the eye pressure.

So what we do in all of glaucoma is to actually lower the eye pressure because studies have shown that if we lower the eye pressure significantly, we can actually help slow down the visual field loss found in glaucoma. There are a number of ways that we lower eye pressure. First and foremost is the medical route, which is basically eye drops.

There are a plethora of eye drops that we use. If some people develop intolerances, we can play around with the drops to see what works for them. Secondly, we go to laser. There are certain types of laser modalities that we use in order to lower the eye pressure. Then we go into more of the minimally invasive procedures that are done in the operating room.

But they're short. They're low-risk. And really the very, very quick recovery for the patients. And then, lastly, we have the more traditional surgeries. The glaucoma surgeries that really are effective at lowering pressure, but a little bit more of a surgery of an involved case. And those are the tubes and the trabeculectomies.

Overall, I think that we're at a time in which we can really help our glaucoma patients. And we have so many different ways in which we can help that. The key is really to find glaucoma early, to screen for it early, and to start treatment. And if you can do that, I think most glaucoma patients can live a very full life with most of their vision intact.