Treatment for Glaucoma and Cataracts
in Cumberland, MD

Knowledgeable Solutions for Glaucoma and Cataracts

At Queen City Ophthalmology, our goal is always to protect your vision. Conditions like glaucoma can cause permanent vision loss. If you have a family history of glaucoma, are over 40, African American, or are diabetic, you may want to consider regular appointments with an experienced ophthalmologist, such as Dr. Wendye VanBrakle. Dr. VanBrakle and her team are here to assist you with a variety of eye problems, including the diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma or cataracts.

If you are at risk for or suspect you may have glaucoma or cataracts, contact Queen City Ophthalmology today. We will get you in to see a member of our knowledgeable staff as quickly as possible. Call us to make an appointment: (301) 722-2050.

What is Glaucoma?

Glaucoma is an ocular condition where pressure within the eye builds up and damages the optic nerve. Continual damage without intervening professional treatment can lead to permanent vision loss. It is important that you visit Queen City Ophthalmology regularly for diagnosis and treatment before glaucoma can cause long-term damage.

Dr. VanBrakle can help you determine how often you need to visit our office. With the proper care, your eyes can be made more comfortable and your vision can be improved.

Glaucoma / Cataract FAQs

Glaucoma cannot be completely cured.

 Yes you can get Glaucoma in both eyes. As time progresses, Glaucoma will be in both eyes.

 Fortunately with proper treatment, loss of vision can be prevented.

Usually Cataracts progress at the same rate. However, most people generally have symptoms in one eye first.

When visual difficulties begin to interfere with normal activities of daily living, like driving, reading, work, or hobbies.

Cataract surgery is an outpatient procedure.

Most people say there is no pain during or after the procedure. You may experience a scratchy sensation or mild soreness for about 24 hrs after surgery.

During surgery we can choose to correct distance vision in the eyes. You may still need to wear reading glasses, though some large print can be read without glasses.

What are Cataracts and How Do They Affect Vision?

Cataracts are the result of lens of the eye maturing which then becomes discolored and blocks vision. You can get a cataract in one eye or in both eyes at the same time. Cataracts can get larger with time and cloud more of your eye, making it more difficult to see. If you have a cataract, you will experience dull, blurred vision. They get thicker or more dense over time, so if you notice a small blurring, your vision will change gradually. Middle-aged people who have diabetes, who experienced prolonged exposure to sunlight, or previous smokers or drinkers are at a higher risk for cataracts.

When you come to Queen City Ophthalmology, Dr. VanBrakle and her team can perform a comprehensive eye exam to determine if you have a cataract.

Cataract Surgery Helps Patients Avoid Permanent Damage

Cataract symptoms may lessen with new glasses, better lighting, or magnifying lenses, but surgery is the only effective treatment for getting rid of cataracts entirely. Because cataracts develop slowly, you should only consider removal when the vision loss affects everyday activities, like driving or reading. Dr. VanBrakle will work with you to determine when the removal of your cataracts is the correct decision, and she will do her best to answer your questions and discuss the benefits and risks of the surgery.

If you have cataracts and believe that surgery may be the best choice for you, call Queen City Ophthalmology for an appointment with our knowledgeable staff: (301) 722-2050.