Glaucoma refers to a group of eye conditions that cause progressive damage to the optic nerve head. This damage affects the peripheral nerve fibers first causing significant loss in the peripheral vision of patients.  The most common form of glaucoma is associated with the increased intraocular pressure of the eye. This increase in pressure may cause progressive damage to the optic nerve and loss of nerve fibers. Dr. Packer can detect an increase in fluid pressure with our iCare Tonometer, which replaces the dreaded "puff of air" test. Also, visual field testing is necessary to manage this ocular condition.  Risk factors for glaucoma include advancing age, family history, ethnicity, physical trauma to the eye, and corticosteriod use.