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Wilcox Eye Center adopts new glaucoma procedure

Dr. Peter E. Wilcox of the Wilcox Eye Center, Hayes, said he has adopted “a new revolutionary technology” to help glaucoma patients monitor their eye pressure.

Dr. Peter E. Wilcox

Wilcox said that eye pressure or intraocular pressure (IOP) is one of many tests provided to monitor glaucoma; however, it is the only modifiable risk factor among glaucoma patients today.

Glaucoma damages the optic nerve and is one of the leading causes of blindness worldwide, Wilcox said. Even though it is a slow progressing disease there is no cure and many patients live with the threat of going blind. Early detection and intervention can help decrease vision loss, he said, and glaucoma must be monitored for life.

Wilcox said the new instrument to monitor patient’s eye pressure is called the Icare HOME tonometer. Typically, one’s eye pressure is measured during 3-4 office visits throughout the year, he said. The new technology is the only device that can check eye pressure multiple times a day...

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