Glaucoma Las Vegas

Expertise in Glaucoma Treatment & Management

Welcome to Las Vegas Eye Institute, where advanced technology and personalized care come together to offer exceptional glaucoma treatment. Our dedicated team, led by the experienced Dr. Matthew Swanic, ensures that your journey through glaucoma management is comprehensive and tailored to your specific needs. Come see us for Glaucoma treatment in Las Vegas

Jim P. patient of Dr. Matthew Swanic for Glaucoma Management Las Vegas
Great doctor and staff. I recommend highly for anyone needing glaucoma management. Very knowledgeable and yet is very patient friendly. The best in Las Vegas in my opinion.

—Jim P.

Why Choose Us?

Get life-transforming laser eye surgery from Dr. Matthew Swanic, an expert in laser vision correction with a down-to-earth, calming demeanor his patients love. 

One of a handful of surgeons with a fellowship from the Stein Eye Institute at UCLA
An advanced laser suite featuring Zeiss Visumax and lasers
Completed residency at the prestigious Tufts Medical Center in Boston
One of the friendliest staffs you will ever meet
Dr. Swanic has undergone a laser vision correction procedure himself
Hundreds of satisfied patients who give 5 star reviews

Benefits of Glaucoma Management

Effective glaucoma management preserves visual function and enhances quality of life, utilizing a range of treatments from medicated eye drops to advanced surgical options
May slows or prevents vision loss
Enhances quality of life
Lowers intraocular pressure
Offers a range of treatment options
Preserves visual function as long as possible
Helps optimize residual vision

Experience the LVEI Difference.

Experience friendly, unrushed, personalized treatment from Dr. Matthew Swanic.

What Is Glaucoma?

Glaucoma is a group of eye conditions that damage the optic nerve, which is crucial for good vision. This damage is often caused by an abnormal buildup of pressure inside the eye, known as intraocular pressure. While glaucoma can occur at any age, it is more common in older adults, particularly those over the age of 60, and is one of the leading causes of blindness. The condition often progresses gradually without any warning signs, which makes regular eye exams essential for early detection and treatment. Without treatment, glaucoma can lead to vision loss and, in severe cases, blindness.

diagram of eye with glaucoma versus healthy eye

Confusing Glaucoma With Cataracts

Patients often get confused between cataracts and glaucoma, partly because they are both very common diseases as people get older. However, cataracts and glaucoma are very different diseases. A cataract is a clouding or hardening of the natural lens in the front portion of the eye, while glaucoma is a complex disease that leads to progressive damage to the optic nerve in the back portion of the eye. This damage leads to a progressive and irreversible loss of the visual field. We know that many people with elevated intraocular pressures (over 21 mmHg) will develop glaucomatous damage to their optic nerve; but what is more interesting is that approximately 1/3 of patients with glaucoma actually have normal intraocular pressures (between 10-21 mmHg.) Thus, most ophthalmologists now realize that this is likely not just a disease of abnormal intraocular pressure. Unfortunately, at this point in time the only treatment shown consistently to prevent progression of glaucomatous nerve damage is lowering of intraocular pressure.




LVEI has Sophisticated Glaucoma Technology

At the Las Vegas Eye Institute we have sophisticated testing machinery that allows accurate diagnosis of the disease and careful monitoring of the disease to ensure that progression is not occurring. We utilize the latest spectral domain OCT nerve fiber and ganglion cell complex analysis to get an accurate baseline and then we can carefully analyze this data periodically. Next we create a color image your optic nerve utilizing the Centervue Compass that uses state-of-the-art scanning laser ophthalmoscopy imaging technology to capture accurate and sharp images even in the presence of media opacities such as cataracts. Finally, we perform visual field testing with the latest Centervue technology in which your retina is imaged throughout the entire test. This is very important because the device can then adjust the location of its projections so that we can get an incredibly accurate and reproducible measurement of your visual field even in the presence of eye movement. Dr. Swanic has had visual field tests performed on his own eyes so he knows how difficult this test can be to take. Las Vegas Eye Institute is excited to offer this state-of-the-art technology that can help you achieve optimal outcomes. View Video All of the information we obtain, including your eye pressure and corneal thickness data, is stored in our electronic medical record system. This allows us to instantly load and compare data captured years ago in a fraction of a second compared to flipping back and forth between old printouts in a paper chart. We then use all of this data to help you understand if starting or altering treatment is necessary.

Glaucoma Management Treatments

There are many available treatments for glaucoma. Most patients opt for drops, which are often a highly effective, safe, and convenient form of therapy. Dr. Swanic is also well trained in the use of the advanced SLT laser. The SLT laser can be used by most patients with glaucoma to lower their eye pressures; and it can often reduce or eliminate the need for eye drops. Patients with narrow angles (a more rare form of glaucoma) are also offered alternative laser treatments.

Clinical Trials in Glaucoma

Be sure to inquire about any glaucoma studies that may be ongoing at Las Vegas Eye Institute. Dr. Swanic has been a principal investigator on numerous FDA trials of glaucoma medications and is proud to have been an investigator on nearly every glaucoma medication to receive FDA approval since he finished his fellowship in 2011.

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