GLAUCOMA FACTS:

  • #1 cause of blindness among adults in the United States
  • #2 cause of blindness worldwide
  • #1 cause of blindness among African Americans ages 45-60
  • Glaucoma is 8 times more prevalent among African Americans than Caucasians and they are 15 times more likely to go blind from the disease
  • Over 4 million Americans have Glaucoma and 50% are unaware they have it
  • New studies have shown that up to 30% of all Glaucoma exists in eye pressure ranges we formerly considered to be normal
  • For glaucoma patients with three living relatives, there is at least a 27% chance that one of them has undiagnosed glaucoma
  • Glaucoma as no pain or symptoms and leads to total blindness if not caught and treated

Frightening statistics, aren’t they? To prevent this from happening to you, Dr. Wilde utilizes cutting edge technology and draws on his vast professional experience to detect and treat Glaucoma before permanent visual loss can occur.

How does Dr. Wilde accomplish that goal?
There is much more to diagnosing Glaucoma that an eye pressure measurement.  We take an in-depth look at the optic nerve inside your eye – the visual pipeline to the brain. For those at greater risk of developing Glaucoma, we also evaluate corneal thickness (which affects the accuracy of your eye pressure readings), the drainage system inside your eyes, and your field of vision for potential blind spots.

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The GDxVCC Screening Exam
The GDxVCC can detect glaucoma up to five years ahead of other technologies. The test takes less than one minute, requires no pupil dilation, and causes no discomfort. The standard pressure check is only effective for detecting glaucoma in 50% of patients with this disease. Visual field testing is limited to measuring vision already lost to glaucoma.

The GDxVCC evaluates the pattern and thickness of the optic nerve fiber layer in the back of your eye, which is hidden under the surface of the retina. A thinning of these nerve fibers could indicate glaucoma long before any vision has been lost. As a result, Dr. Wilde will have more time to treat the disease – more time to prevent loss of our most precious gift – our eyesight.

Dr. Wilde is proud to be able to provide our patients with this latest instrument for glaucoma detection. We are one of the few offices in Oakland County where this technology is available. It is part of our commitment to you to provide the very best in eye care.

Rest assured, with his thorough, comprehensive eye examination, Dr. Wilde will make every effort to determine if you have or are at risk for glaucoma.