The region’s largest glaucoma team is combatting blinding eye disease
With over 100 years of combined experience, the six glaucoma specialists at the Havener Eye Institute are well positioned to handle any patients who may be afflicted with this potentially blinding disease.
What is glaucoma?
Glaucoma refers to a group of diseases that result in damage to the optic nerve, the structure that connects the eye to the brain. Glaucoma causes a type of optic nerve damage called cupping that can lead to peripheral vision loss (blind spots in the patient’s side vision, when severe is referred to as tunnel vision). Most forms of glaucoma do not have symptoms in the early stages. As this disease progresses, the vision loss becomes noticeable and can, in some cases, result in blindness. Therefore, early detection of this disease is critical and can help prevent irreversible vision loss.
Why Ohio State?
Drs. Paul Weber, Frederick Kapetansky, Andrea Sawchyn, Gloria Fleming, Shelly Jain, and Mark Slabaugh form a dynamic team of fellowship-trained, board-certified glaucoma specialists. They provide the highest quality, compassionate care for patients utilizing state-of-the art equipment to help detect and treat glaucoma. They are also committed to helping patients understand their disease and personalize their treatment strategy.
How does Ohio State provide superior care?
Improving the care of glaucoma patients through research is a top priority. The glaucoma division has participated in many national studies including the Ocular Hypertension Treatment Study (OHTS) and Advanced Glaucoma Intervention Study (AGIS). In addition, several promising, investigator-initiated studies are on the horizon.
The diagnostic equipment at Ohio State is as advanced as it comes, including a variety of optic nerve imaging devices (spectral domain OCT, HRT, etc), high resolution anterior segment ultrasound, and a Paschal tonometer.
OSU is one of the only facilities in the Columbus area with anterior segment ultrasound capabilities. The Avisio anterior segment ultrasound provides high resolution images of the structures just behind the iris (colored part of the eye). This equipment helps OSU specialists evaluate atypical cases of angle closure glaucoma as well as screen for tumors in the front part of the eye.
OSU is leading the charge against glaucoma with specialists that diagnose, treat, and manage a wide spectrum of glaucomatous disease; use the latest technology; and participate in research to remain on the forefront of developments in glaucoma care. Discover the Glaucoma Specialists at the OSU Eye & Ear Institute.