Glaucoma

Glaucoma is a progressive eye disease that can damage the optic nerve. The optic nerve is responsible for transmitting information from our eyes to the brain to form an image.  Most often, optic nerve damage is caused by increased pressure in the eye, known as intraocular pressure. The front part of the eye is filled with a clear fluid called aqueous humor. This fluid is produced behind the colored part of the eye (iris). It leaves the eye through channels where the iris and cornea meet. This drainage area is called the anterior chamber angle. The cornea is the clear covering on the front of the eye that covers the iris, pupil, and angle.  This process of fluid formation and its egress is a continuous cycle. Anything that slows or blocks the flow of this fluid will cause elevated intraocular pressure.

Glaucoma can result in gradual loss of vision. It is the second most common cause of blindness in the United States and is the leading cause of irreversible blindness in African Americans. At present, approximately 3 million people are afflicted with glaucoma in the United States and about 50% of these individuals may not even know that they have the disease because of its asymptomatic nature. 
 

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Ophthalmology (New England Eye Center)

Ophthalmology (New England Eye Center) at Tufts Medical Center in Boston specializes in the testing and treatment of all types of eye diseases and visual problems.
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Doctors + Care Team

Astrid C. Werner, MD

Astrid C. Werner, MD

Accepting New Patients

Title(s): Ophthalmologist; Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Ophthalmology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-4600
Fax #: 617-636-4866

Adult and adolescent glaucoma care, the medical and surgical treatment of glaucoma including minimally invasive glaucoma surgery, cataract care

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Melina I. Morkin, MD

Melina I. Morkin, MD

Accepting New Patients

Title(s): Ophthalmologist; Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Ophthalmology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-4600
Fax #: 617-636-4866

Cornea, external disease, cataract surgery, including femtosecond laser technology, cornea transplants and refractive surgery including LASIK and PRK

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Sarwat Salim, MD, FACS

Sarwat Salim, MD, FACS

Accepting New Patients

Title(s): Director, Glaucoma Services; Director, St. Elizabeth's Community Practice; Vice Chair for Clinical and Academic Affairs for the Department of Ophthalmology; Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Ophthalmology, Glaucoma services
Appt. Phone: 617-636-4600
Fax #: 617-636-4866

Glaucoma and Cataract surgery

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