Littzi Eye Care
Jacqueline J. Littzi, MD
Ophthalmology & Laser Cataract & Glaucoma Surgeon located in Greenwich, CT & New Canaan, CT
Glaucoma is a serious vision-related health problem that affects more than 3 million Americans over 40. Left unmanaged, glaucoma can significantly affect your vision and cause blindness. At Littzi Eye Care in New Canaan and Greenwich, Connecticut, Jacqueline Littzi, MD, specializes in diagnosing and treating glaucoma. Using cutting-edge treatments, she can minimize your symptoms and help you feel better. To request a glaucoma appointment at Littzi Eye Care, call the office nearest you or use the online booking tool today.
What is glaucoma?
Glaucoma is a term used to describe a group of eye conditions that damage your optic nerve, a key part of a healthy vision system. Over time, glaucoma causes the pressure in your eye to become abnormally high. Left unmanaged, this damages your optic nerve, causing vision loss.
Vision loss caused by glaucoma is irreversible. Because of this, it’s important to schedule routine eye exams regularly. During these appointments, Dr. Littzi can measure the pressure in your eyes. If she recognizes symptoms of glaucoma, she can slow it down and even prevent damage altogether.
What are the symptoms of glaucoma?
The symptoms of glaucoma vary from person to person and depend on the type of glaucoma you have. If you have open-angle glaucoma, you might experience tunnel vision or patchy blind spots in the center of your field of vision.
If you have acute angle-closure glaucoma, you might experience:
- Eye pain
- Severe headaches
- Blurred vision
- Halos around lights
- Eye redness
Left untreated, glaucoma causes blindness. Even with treatment, about 15% of people with glaucoma will lose their eyesight.
How is glaucoma diagnosed?
Dr. Littzi diagnoses glaucoma in her state-of-the-art offices. First, she reviews your medical history and does a comprehensive eye exam. She also:
- Measures your intraocular pressure
- Tests for optic nerve damage
- Measures your corneal thickness
- Checks for areas of vision loss
After gathering all of this information, Dr. Littzi can determine the type of glaucoma you have and the treatment you’ll most benefit from.
How is glaucoma treated?
Treating glaucoma depends on the type and severity of your condition. Dr. Littzi is a fellowship-trained glaucoma specialist who received training at Harvard Medical Massachusetts in the Eye and Ear Infirmary.
Dr. Littzi offers several treatments for glaucoma, including:
- The iStent Inject®
- The XEN® gel stent
- Selective laser trabeculoplasty
All of these treatments work to lower the pressure in your eyes that causes glaucoma. They also help open clogged channels in the trabecular meshwork, an area of soft tissue responsible for draining the aqueous humor (the clear fluid between the cornea and lens) from your eyes. Proper eye drainage can ease your symptoms and prevent vision loss.
What type of glaucoma treatment is right for me?
Only an ophthalmologist, like Dr. Littzi, can determine the best course of treatment for your glaucoma. After determining the type of glaucoma you have, Dr. Littzi can make treatment recommendations to help preserve your sight.
If you have a family history of glaucoma, make sure to take it seriously. Request a glaucoma screening at Littzi Eye Care today by calling the office nearest you or by using the online booking tool.