Not all eye doctors in California are licensed and trained to treat Glaucoma. Dr. Walton is certified to diagnose and treat this eye disease and is always learning the latest treatments and technology. She also has extensive experience in clinical research for testing for the presence of glaucoma.
Glaucoma is a disease that affects over 2.5 million people. Glaucoma gradually deteriorates peripheral vision and eventually can lead to total blindness if not detected and treated. It is most often caused by high eye pressure that can damage the optic nerve that sends the vision signals to the brain. Once vision is lost it can never be recovered so it is very important to monitor for it yearly. You have a higher risk of glaucoma if someone in your family has had the disease, you are over 60, or you have African or Latin American heritage.
If you are found to have glaucoma the eye pressure can be lowered with drops and monitored over time in order to prevent further vision loss. Dr. Walton will check your eye pressure gently and accurately with NO AIR PUFF and evaluate your optic nerve for signs of glaucoma. She may recommend special testing such as a peripheral vision sensitivity test and also retinal imaging of your optic nerve to monitor patients for the development of the disease.
If you have questions or are concerned about glaucoma please contact Dr. Walton.