Glaucoma

Glaucoma treatment in Honolulu

John Glenn, Bono, Andrea Bocelli and Ray Charles -- what do they have in common besides being famous? Their lives have been impacted by glaucoma, a common eye disease which left untreated can cause blindness. Though it cannot be cured, glaucoma can be managed and sufferers can live normal lives with early intervention by a licensed ophthalmologist like  Ming Chen, M.D., MSc, F.A.C.S.

Consultation with an ophthalmologist

Glaucoma: what is it and do you have it?

Glaucoma occurs when fluid builds up in the front part of the eye. The resulting increase in pressure results in irreversible damage to the optic nerve. Among ophthalmologists, glaucoma is often referred to as "the silent thief of sight" because it often progresses with little to no symptoms.

If you have severe eye pain, go to the ER immediately. Otherwise, an eye exam by a trained ophthalmologist can determine whether you have glaucoma. Make a regular eye exam a part of your total health regimen at Ming Chen, M.D., MSc, F.A.C.S.

I have glaucoma - what's next?

The bad news? Glaucoma is not curable. The good news? It's treatable and need not ever lead to blindness. If you've been diagnosed with glaucoma, you will probably be prescribed eye drops to manage intra-ocular pressure. Oral medications may also be prescribed if eye drops don't work well, or to enhance their effects. Laser surgeries such as Argon Laser Trabeculoplasty (ALT), Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty (SLT), and Laser Peripheral Iridotomy (LPI) have also been shown to be effective in the treatment of glaucoma.

Dr. Ming Chen, M.D., MSc, F.A.C.S. is one of Hawaii's most respected ophthalmologists and has been helping people manage glaucoma and other eye diseases since 1980. 

Who is at risk?

In a word, everybody. Statistically, though, glaucoma tends to occur in higher numbers among African-Americans, Hispanics, Asians and individuals over 60. 

If you belong to any of these ethnic or demographic groups, getting your eyes checked annually by Ming Chen, M.D., MSc, F.A.C.S. will help preserve your sight and catch glaucoma early on. 

We accept Medicare and Medicaid. Call today, (808) 531-8874.

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