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Got Glaucoma? See a Specialist.

In this world where patients can easily look up health information online and everyone is a jack of all trades, there are still many health situations where seeing a specialist not only makes sense, but could make a huge difference in your outcome. Glaucoma falls into the must see specialist category.

Glaucoma is a group of diseases that can damage the eye’s optic nerve. It is a leading cause of blindness in the United States. With Glaucoma, often there are no symptoms at first.

Without treatment, people with glaucoma will slowly lose their peripheral, or side, vision. Over time, straight-ahead vision may decrease until no vision remains.

Dr. Shafiq Jivanjee, a glaucoma specialist at Ophthalmic Consultants of the Capital Region, helps patients preserve their vision every day.

As a glaucoma specialist, he is pioneering new treatment protocols, such as the MIGS (minimally invasive glaucoma surgery)

Not only is Dr. Shafiq Jivanjee current with the latest treatment options, but he is connected to a glaucoma specialist community in which the physicians discuss outcomes and issues.  “For example, we recently noticed that patients, who had a procedure called Trabeculectomy and use a CPAP mask for sleep apnea, were at risk for a devastating eye infection that could cause the loss of an eye within 1 day,” explained Dr. Jivanjee,“I immediately contacted patients who had the Trabeculectomy and requested that they stop using the CPAP for sleep apnea.”

If you have glaucoma, seeing a specialist, such as Dr. Shafiq Jivanjee can make all the difference in your vision. Their ability to be on the forefront of glaucoma treatment, as well as being plugged into a community of other specialists may increase your chances of preserving your eyesight. To make an appointment with Dr. Shafiq Jivanjee call 777-2777.