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Early Detection of Glaucoma Can Preserve Vision


Glaucoma affects the optic nerve which is the cable that connects the eye to the brain. The optic nerve sends visual information from the eye to the brain, similar to the way the cable cord of a television transmits pictures from the cable box to the television screen.

In glaucoma, high pressure inside the eye damage the optic nerve. The pressure slowly destroys the fibers of the optic nerve resulting in damage to the peripheral vision. Similar to high blood pressure, patients cannot "feel" the pressure in the eye except in rare and severe cases. This is why glaucoma is often referred to as the “silent thief of vision.”

Since damage usually starts with peripheral vision loss, it often goes unnoticed in the average patient. As the condition progresses, more nerve cells are damaged and the field of vision further narrows, often resulting in “tunnel vision”. If left untreated, this process can eventually lead to complete blindness.


Who Should Be Checked For Glaucoma?


  • Positive family history of glaucoma
  • Over the age of 55
  • African Americans
  • History of eye trauma
  • History of steroid use, topical, oral, or inhaled
  • History of high eye pressures
  • Problems with peripheral, or side vision
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In many cases, glaucoma can be controlled with eyedrops.

In glaucoma,the pressure inside the eye is elevated.

Normal Disc

Cupped Disc

Why Choose CEI?

Coastal Eye Institute (formerly Manatee Sarasota Eye Clinic) is one of the area’s largest ophthalmology practices featuring a comprehensive team of fellowship-trained ophthalmologists in every subspecialty of eye care.From infancy to the golden years...we provide care for the total health of your eyes. Trust your eye care to our specialists!


Coastal Eye Institute has fellowship-trained ophthalmologists in every specialty of eye care:

  • ➢ Laser Cataract Surgery
  • ➢ Glaucoma
  • ➢ Macular Degeneration
  • ➢ Diabetic Retinopathy
  • ➢ Dry Eye Disease
  • ➢ LASIK Laser Vision Correction
  • ➢ Neuro-Ophthalmology
  • ➢ Pediatric Eye Care
  • ➢ Routine Eye Care
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