GlaucomaThe UC Davis Health System Eye Center’s Glaucoma Service is Northern California’s most comprehensive center for the diagnosis and treatment of all types of glaucoma.

Glaucoma is the second-leading cause of preventable blindness in the world today. Although it affects people of all ages, it is most common among individuals 65 years of age and older. Because most forms are symptomless until serious impairment, glaucoma is known as the “sneak thief of sight” and can progress undetected for years. With early diagnosis through appropriate medical eye exams, vision loss can be prevented. The faculty of the UC Davis Eye Center’s Glaucoma Service are nationally recognized experts and are skilled in providing personalized, state-of-the-art care for their patients.


Full range of diagnostic testing

To ensure the most thorough diagnosis and treatment for patients, the Glaucoma Service offers a comprehensive array of state-of-the-art diagnostic tests, including:

  • Imaging of the optic nerve (Digital Stereoscopic imaging, HRT & OCT)
  • Ultrasound biomicroscopy
  • New tonometry techniques
  • Ultrasonic pachymetry
  • Corneal hysteresis measurements
  • Dynamic contour tonometry
  • New visual field techniques
  • FDT-Matrix
  • AccuMap objective perimetry

    Clinical trial participation

    Ongoing participation in key national clinical trials keeps The Eye Center’s glaucoma specialists at the forefront of the latest diagnostic and treatment options for their patients. The Glaucoma Service played a leading role in the landmark Ocular Hypertension Treatment Study that established the success of preventive measures for populations at risk of glaucoma. This recent landmark study demonstrates that optic nerve imaging could predict the development of glaucoma.

    The UC Davis Health System Glaucoma Service is actively involved in clinical trials exploring new medical treatments for glaucoma such as potential neuroprotective and pressure-lowering agents. The Glaucoma Service ophthalmologists are among a select group of surgeons worldwide performing clinical trials of innovative, minimally invasive surgical techniques.

    Click here to learn more about our currently enrolling clinic trials for glaucoma.