Glaucoma is a disease of the optic nerve, which is the part of the eye that carries the images we see from the eye to the brain. Glaucoma occurs when fluid buildup in the eye causes excessive intraocular pressure. Many patients are not aware they have glaucoma until they suffer a loss of vision, which is why regular eye exams are so important. Although many people fear this potentially sight-damaging condition, early diagnosis and treatment can help maintain your vision for a lifetime. If glaucoma is detected during your eye exam with Dr. Gerber, he will outline a treatment plan that may include pressure-reducing eyedrops or advanced laser treatment. Surgery is available for more advanced cases of glaucoma.