Glaucoma, the most preventable cause of vision loss in the developed world, affects millions of Americans, often without any symptoms until vision has been lost. Routine eye examinations and glaucoma screening could prevent the overwhelming majority of cases of vision loss.

Pressure in an eye with glaucoma damages the optic nerve in the back of the eye and, if untreated, can lead to vision loss. Several new tools have recently emerged from ophthalmology research laboratories to become part of the state-of-the-art eye care that glaucoma specialists at Washington Eye Physicians & Surgeons in Chevy Chase, Maryland provide.

Dr. Howard Weiss, Dr. Arthur Schwartz, and Dr. Kenneth Schwartz have been investigators in clinical trials sponsored by the National Eye Institute of the National Institutes of Health. These include the Advanced Glaucoma Intervention Study and the Ocular Hypertension Treatment Study. Dr. Lisa Tom and Dr. Lindsay Dawson have published in the top glaucoma journals and offer the latest treatments in glaucoma.

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