Cornea and external eye diseases

Glaucoma

Our staff is experienced in various surgeries for glaucoma. Aurora St. Luke's Medical Center is the only southeastern Wisconsin center designed solely for eye surgery.

Glaucoma is a group of disorders characterized by increased pressure on the eye, resulting in damage to the optic nerve.

  • Glaucoma is the 2nd leading cause of blindness in the U.S.
  • It is the leading cause of blindness among black Americans
  • Elevated eye pressure with increased risk of glaucoma is present in up to 10 million people
  • Glaucoma accounts for more than 7 million office visits a year

Signs and symptoms

  • Red eye
  • Eye pain
  • Colored haloes around lights
  • Nausea and vomiting along with eye pain

Many people experience no symptoms at all until they suffer significant loss of vision.

Risk factors

  • Over 40 years of age
  • African American
  • Family history of glaucoma
  • Diabetes and hypertension
  • Nearsightedness

Although many patients are treated medically with eye drops and oral medications, surgery is sometimes required. The primary goal of glaucoma surgery is to reduce the eye pressure. The ultimate goal is to preserve your vision.

Surgical interventions include trabeculectomy and filtering procedures.

St. Luke's will continue to set the standard for eye care in the community and achieving the goal of improving your vision.