Glaucoma can cause blindness if untreated and is the second leading cause of blindness in the United States. As many as 3 million Americans have glaucoma, and at least one half do not know it. Although there is no cure yet, loss of vision can be slowed or halted with medical and/or surgical treatment. The best way to protect your sight from glaucoma is to get tested. Early diagnosis and appropriate treatment are the keys to preserving vision.
The glaucomas are a group of eye conditions that damage the optic nerve, and can result in loss of vision and blindness. With early detection and treatment, however, serious vision loss often can be prevented. The damage is most often caused by pressure within the eye (intraocular pressure).
Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness in the US and is the single most common cause of blindness among African Americans. It can damage your vision and one may not notice any loss of vision until the disease is at an advanced stage. The most common type of glaucoma, primary open-angle glaucoma, has no noticeable signs or symptoms except gradual vision loss. In order to minimize or prevent optic nerve damage and limit glaucoma-related vision loss, it is important to have regular eye examinations. During the examination, a number of tests should be performed including the measurement of the intraocular pressure and the evaluation of the optic disc.
The Hamilton Glaucoma Center offers comprehensive glaucoma diagnostic services, as well as translational and transformative treatment programs for glaucoma. Research to better determine the cause(s) of glaucoma is an important priority of the Center. Developing new treatments and translating them into clinical practice also are high priorities.
With a global reputation for clinical excellence and cutting–edge science, the multidisciplinary team of physicians and scientists includes:
Robert N. Weinreb, M.D., Director of Hamilton Glaucoma Center
Felipe Medeiros, M.D., Ph.D., Medical Director, co-Director of Clinical Research, Optic Nerve Structure and Function
Linda Zangwill, Ph.D., Director, Clinical Research, Imaging
Daniel Ju, Ph.D., Mitochondria and Oxidative Damage
Christopher Bowd, Ph.D., Neural Networks
John Liu, Ph.D., Director, Sleep and Functional Physiology Laboratory
Rigby Slight, M.D. - Clinician
Thank you for the Excellence in Ophthalmology services provided me in the UCSD Shiley Eye Center over the past year.
I came to you from Fresno, California as a relatively healthful and hopeful man in his mid-eighties who was looking for the best services the World can offer in treating Glaucoma.
You have unquestionably saved the sight in my two eyes. I can safely drive a car and live a normal life in experiencing God’s many wonderful creations and blessings.
You have performed two surgeries on me. During both your operating room staff enabled me to believe and thoroughly sense the sincere desire of all of your staff to provide their patients with the best possible hospitality and service. Your surgery suite and staff are prepared to serve Kings and Queens. Thank you.
Whenever I come to Shiley to see you for a “check-up” you and your friendly staff go far beyond the norm. You all greet my wife and me with warm smiles, handshakes, and joyful conversation. We feel genuinely welcomed and feel like we are members of your Shiley family. Thank you.
Over the past year I have witnessed your delivery of many very fine services in the Shiley Eye Center to patients from all over the world. My wife and I perceive that the excellence in the delivery of these patient services is due of your unwavering and persevering commitment to excellence in research and professional execution. Your personal leadership example at Shiley role models the standard of excellence for all your team members. Thank you. Thank you.
~ Elmer “Bud” Richter
Thank you for the miraculous!
Dear Team Weinreb,
Thank you for all that you did to clear my vision through Cataract Surgery. I can now see the faces of my opponents on the tennis court and not just identify them through voice recognition.
There has, however, been a worrisome side effect to the surgery. My face is now covered with wrinkles. Prior to surgery it was completely smooth. I am wondering if any of your other patients has complained of this condition. Hopefully, This situation will clear up soon. Otherwise I will be sending you a bill from my plastic surgeon!
To be able to see is a gift. To be able to see clearly is a miracle. Thank you for the miraculous!
A Big Thanks to Dr. W and the Staff at Shiley
My glaucoma was diagnosed at age 38 in Nebraska. Over the years, I was treated for glaucoma with eye drops and regular check-ups with my local ophthalmologist. In the early 1990’s, I had a trabeculectomy to relieve the pressure followed by additional eye surgeries.
After one of those surgeries, my husband Jerry and I decided to visit our family in California in December for the holidays. My doctor from Nebraska told me to get checked by Dr. Robert N. Weinreb at the Shiley Eye Institute and the rest is history as they say!
Since meeting Dr. Weinreb, I have had several other glaucoma surgeries and he took great care of me when I severely damaged my eye (globe) in a fall. Way back in the 90’s, I was told that I would be blind within 10 years. Needless to say, that has NOT happened due to the awesome care and expertise of the great “Dr. W”.
With continued monitoring and care, we pray that my eye issues will be in a “holding pattern” for many years to come. The vision in my right eye has actually improved from the fall and the last surgery with Dr. Weinreb.
A big thanks to Dr. W and the staff at Shiley. YOU are the greatest!
Jacqueline from Nebraska
June 7, 2016
I would like to thank Dr. Weinreb and the entire staff at the Shiley Eye Institute. I have received excellent care since September 2013 for the treatment of my glaucoma condition. I cannot begin to express how very fortunate I am to be a patient of one of the world’s foremost experts in this field.
Edward J. Farrell
A Satisfied Patient
Dr. Weinreb, the BEST, examined me, explained results and diagnosis clearly and encouraged me. He is so knowledgeable, thorough, caring and gives me peace of mind knowing that he and his team have examined me.
Thank you, Dr. Weinreb, for the countless hours you spend caring for patients, researching glaucoma and teaching and training the next generation.
Thank you to Dr. Weinreb and his most professional, friendly and caring team. It is a joy and blessing to be a patient at Shiley Eye Institute and I thank Dr. Weinreb and his team for everything!
Thank you to Dr. Weinreb and his most professional, friendly and caring team.
I thank the following (in the order they cared for me) for today's great experience as always, at Shiley Eye Institute. Each person made me comfortable.
Lizzy administered a visual field test on my eyes today. She explained the process, listened to me, encouraged me and was most compassionate and concerned for me as a patient.
Christina took my information and checked vision. She is polite and encouraged/challenged me to read the smallest line possible.
Dr. Baxter examined me, took my eye pressure and put in dilation eye drops. After my eyes were dilated, Dr. Baxter examined my eyes. Throughout Dr. Baxter was kind, interested in me as a patient, efficient and gentle.
Dr. Weinreb examined me, explained results clearly and encouraged me -- all with Dr. Weinreb's vast knowledge and experience. Dr. Weinreb is the BEST. He is thorough, cares and I have peace of mind knowing that he and his team have examined me and monitor my condition. Thank you, Dr. Weinreb, for the countless hours you spend caring for patients, researching glaucoma and teaching and training the next generation.
Bill, who was with Dr. Weinreb, is so friendly and is available for questions I think of after all the exams. His smile and concern are very reassuring.
Thank you to Dr. Weinreb and his most professional, friendly and caring team. It is a joy and blessing to be a patient at Shiley Eye Institute and I thank Dr. Weinreb and his team for everything!"
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