Glaucoma Specialist

River North Eye Center

Nighat Mona Khan, MD

Ophthalmologist located in River North & Near Southside, Chicago, IL

Glaucoma is one of the most common causes of vision loss today – but the earlier you seek help, the better your chances of preserving your vision now and in the future. Mona Khan, MD, a medical doctor specializing in ophthalmology at River North Eye Center in Chicago, can diagnose, treat, and monitor your glaucoma to help you enjoy the best vision possible. Book your appointment online or by phone today.

Glaucoma Q & A

What is the cause of glaucoma?

The cause of glaucoma is fluid-drainage problems in your eye. When the fluid within your eye doesn't drain off like it should, the pressure within your eye mounts. Eventually, that pressure is severe enough to result in optic nerve damage. Optic nerve damage can cause impaired vision, even blindness.

The reason that you develop the fluid-drainage issues leading to glaucoma can vary. Infections and tumors are two common reasons. Another possible reason is abnormal blood-vessel buildup in your eye due to diabetes.

Am I at risk for glaucoma?

If you're in any of these groups, you could be at risk for glaucoma.

  • More than 40 years old
  • A family history of glaucoma
  • A previous eye injury
  • You suffer from diabetes
  • You are of African, Hispanic, or Asian ancestry

Other things can contribute to your risk for glaucoma, including thin corneas, thin optic nerves, and other eye irregularities. If you're at risk, you’ll likely need more frequent eye exams to monitor your vision.

How does the doctor diagnose glaucoma?

At River North Eye Center, your provider does a complete slit lamp examination to check for glaucoma. During the slit lamp exam, you'll place your chin and forehead on plastic rests, which helps keep your head stable while they check your eyes.

Your provider does a detailed corneal and retinal exam to check for abnormalities. They must also check the pressure inside your eye (intraocular pressure) to diagnose glaucoma. To do this, they first numb your eyes and then uses tonometry to flatten your cornea slightly. This yields an accurate intraocular pressure reading.

Using this information, your provider at River North Eye Center can make a diagnosis and then create a treatment plan for you.

What is the treatment for glaucoma?

Although there isn't a cure for glaucoma, River North Eye Center can help you manage your disease and minimize your vision loss. The best approach to glaucoma is to lower your intraocular pressure, and this can be done in several ways, including:

  • Using prescription eye drops
  • Through minimally invasive laser treatment
  • Doing surgical corrections

Your treatment regimen will depend on how advanced your glaucoma is, your symptoms, and factors specific to you. With River North Eye Center's help and your dedication to the treatment plan, glaucoma can’t rob you of your vision.

At River North Eye Center, you work with a medical doctor, so your treatment’s covered by your insurance. The practice sees adult patients exclusively. Schedule your appointment online or by phone now.