Glaucoma services

The Department of Ophthalmology at Manhattan Eye, Ear, and Throat Hospital (MEETH) and Bronx provide comprehensive glaucoma care and second opinion consultations for patients with all forms of glaucoma. The physicians are nationally and internationally recognized for their research, diagnostic and surgical expertise.

What is glaucoma?

Glaucoma is a group of disorders in which the main risk factor is high fluid pressure within the eye. All forms of glaucoma are characterized by vision loss, caused by damage to the optic nerve. Often called the “sneak thief” of sight, glaucoma is generally asymptomatic and people with glaucoma may lose their vision without knowing it. Regular eye exams are the best way to detect glaucoma before it is too late.

How we treat glaucoma

Although there is no cure for glaucoma, medical, laser, and surgical treatments can control it to preserve vision. Our laser centers are equipped with cutting edge glaucoma laser treatment devices. Selective laser trabeculoplasty helps facilitate fluid drainage from the eye, thereby lowering the eye pressure and controlling glaucoma. In patients with current or impending angle closure, laser iridotomy is performed to create a hole in the iris to improve the flow of aqueous fluid in the eye, relieving or preventing elevated eye pressure.

Our state-of-the-art diagnostic facilities include spectral-domain and swept-source optical coherence tomography, adaptive optics optic nerve and retina imaging, ultrasound biomicroscopy, confocal scanning laser ophthalmoscopy, and computerized visual field testing. As the leading ocular imaging center in the nation, we perform optic nerve, macula and aqueous drainage pathway structure analyses for accurate diagnosis, evaluation of disease progression, and best surgical outcome.

In addition to the standard glaucoma surgeries to lower eye pressure such as trabeculectomy and tube shunt surgeries, Department of Ophthalmology at Manhattan Eye, Ear, and Throat Hospital (MEETH) also offers minimally invasive glaucoma surgeries, including iStent, canaloplasty, and trabectome. These procedures have a higher safety profile with fewer complications and a more rapid recovery time than standard glaucoma surgeries.

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The Department of Ophthalmology at Northwell Health is dedicated to transforming eye care and setting new standards of excellence in services offered. Learn more about our providers: