Eye Care of East Bay

Laser Eye Surgeons & Ophthalmologists located in Walnut Creek, CA

Glaucoma is well known for its ability to cause vision loss in patients who've been diagnosed with the condition. If you have a family history of glaucoma and are worried about your eyesight, the staff of Eye Care of East Bay encourages you to make an appointment with Dr. Vahid Feiz as soon as possible. He serves residents who live in and around the Walnut Creek, California area, as well as many nearby communities.


What causes glaucoma?

Glaucoma is caused by an increase in the intraocular pressure of the eye. The eye is filled with an aqueous fluid that is constantly moving. If the fluid can no longer circulate normally, it can cause pressure within the eye to increase. This will eventually put pressure on the optic nerve and permanently damage your eyesight.

Glaucoma is the result of a blockage that prevents the pressure within your eye from remaining constant. When a blockage occurs and the fluid continues to build, you'll begin to experience the symptoms often associated with glaucoma. Eye pain and tunnel vision are just two of the most common signs of glaucoma.

What happens if glaucoma is left untreated?

If glaucoma isn't properly treated, you can experience irreversible vision loss. While the pressure will begin to build up over time, it can start to cause damage as soon as the blockage occurs. The aqueous fluid within the eye circulates much like the blood through the cardiovascular system.

If for any reason the flow of the fluid is blocked, the pressure can cause irreparable damage to the structures of the eye that maintain proper vision. Dr. Feiz can relieve the pressure within the eye as well as any that is being placed on the optic nerve and work to restore your vision by re-establishing proper circulation within the eye itself.

What are the expected results of glaucoma treatment?

The goal of glaucoma treatment is to improve the circulation of fluid within the eye so that it's kept within normal range and the pressure that's placed on the optic nerve is minimal. Laser surgery is an effective treatment option that allows Dr. Feiz to address whatever issue is causing the fluid to accumulate and increase the pressure within the eye.

Dr. Feiz also uses eye drops and microsurgery techniques to help control the amount of fluid within the eye and keep pressure to a minimum. By closely monitoring the health of your eyes, he can determine if glaucoma is present and whether or not it will cause you problems in the future.