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Providing Butler & Cranberry Township Comprehensive Glaucoma Management & Treatment

Glaucoma is a serious vision-threatening eye disease. For millions of Americans, managing glaucoma and preserving their visual acuity is an important part of their lives. If you suffer from glaucoma, our experienced Optometrists (Dr. Dittman in Butler and Dr. Nock in Cranberry Township) can help you get control of your condition and prevent further erosion of your vision.

We believe that educating our patients on glaucoma and its treatment is an important part of the treatment overall. Because of the importance of compliance with our treatment regimen, we take the time needed to ensure that all parts of the treatment are explained and understood.

Working together, we will get your glaucoma under control and your symptoms appropriately managed.

Both our practices in Butler and Cranberry Township are equipped with the latest diagnostic and imaging equipment. Utilizing these technologies we can better see, diagnose, and track the progression of glaucoma through all of its stages.

Visit Us in Butler or Cranberry Township for a Comprehensive Assessment

Request an appointment at the location convenient for you. During this appointment we will assess your eyes, determine the stage of glaucoma you are living with, and answer any questions you may have.

More Information About Glaucoma

Your eye sends sensory information to the brain via the optic nerve. Think of this nerve as the highway that enables the free flow of information from the eye to the brain. There are several variations of the group of eye diseases that are described under the common label of “glaucoma”.

All varieties of glaucoma attack your optic nerve, eventually damaging it to the point where your vision begins to suffer. Left on its own, glaucoma can eventually cause serious blind spots and even complete blindness.

High eye-pressure has been linked as a primary indicator of glaucoma, though some varieties of glaucoma develop despite having normal eye pressure.

During a comprehensive eye exam we utilize several technologies and pieces of equipment that accurately diagnose glaucoma, such as:

    • Optical coherence tomography – Commonly referred to as “OCT”, this equipment allows us to take detailed images of the retina and optic nerve. We can clearly see glaucoma’s development using this equipment.
    • Pachymetry – This test measures the thickness of your cornea and is useful in assessing glaucoma’s development.
    • Tonometry – This test measures your eye pressure (which has been linked with the development of glaucoma).
    • Digital retinal imaging – Taking high-resolution images of your eye’s retina (and other internal structures) allows us to see the development and progression of many eye diseases (including glaucoma).

Most patients respond favorably to treatment and can successfully control the development of their glaucoma. Treatment generally centers around reducing and controlling eye pressure (in the form of eye drops, oral, and topical medications).

Surgical treatments for glaucoma are also effective. Again, these surgeries work to reduce eye pressure by encouraging drainage of excess eye fluid through new (or revitalized) drainage canals.

As outlandish as it may seem, it’s important that we emphasize how important it is for you to follow your treatment regimen as prescribed. Most cases of vision loss to glaucoma occur when the patient ceases treatment due to a perceived “lack of need”.

If your medications are causing discomfort, see us before discontinuing use.

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  • The Office Staff is great and they are willing to take care of their patients. I had an emergency appointment and Dr. Nock drove in to see me, which is really great and saved me the time of trying to find another person that could see.

    Adam E.

  • I want to thank all the staff once again I was treated wonderful by all. I have been a patient of Dr. Dittmans for several years and never have I been treated anything but with the utmost respect by all. So thank you very much.

    Patti K.

  • I love Dittman eye care have been going there for many years and am always treated with respect and a smile from the staff and Dr. Dittman is a great doctor he takes the time he needs for his patients I cant imagine going any where else for my eye care needs

    Roberta D.

  • Had a great expiereance while there. The girls are very informative with what they told me about my eyes and Dr. Nock is a good eye doctor and really cares about my eyes. Thank you from Mary and Don McClain.

    Mary M.

  • My first visit was excellent. I appreciated all the time taken from several members in choosing new frames. My exam was very informative and not rushed. I was completely satisfied.

    Debra M.

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