Glaucoma Insights

Dr. Dirks

Glaucoma Insights

Did you know that Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness? We would like to share some important information regarding this disease that affects more than 3 million people in the United States.

Glaucoma is a condition where the optic nerve that connects the eye to the brain is damaged. Usually this occurs because of high pressure in the eye. The most common Glaucoma test is the eye pressure test you receive at your regular eye exam. This test will indicate how much pressure your eye is under and if there are any signs of Glaucoma.

There are many kinds of Glaucoma, but the most common type is hereditary. It is important to know your family’s eye history and relay that to your doctor. There is no cure to this disease, so catching it early is incredibly important. With medication and treatments, further vision loss can be prevented, but it must be monitored for life.

We are thankful to have a specialist in Glaucoma at the Black Hills Regional Eye Institute. Dr. Dirks has trained in prevention procedures and continues to participate in clinical research trials for glaucoma and dry eye.

This is just another reason it is important to schedule a regular eye exam with you OD. Reduce the risk of vision loss by calling your optometrist to schedule your annual appointment today.

Our Glaucoma Specialist

Dr. Dirks

Monte Dirks, MD

Dr. Dirks is fellowship trained in procedures/glaucoma and participates in numerous clinical research trials related to dry eye and procedures/glaucoma. Dr. Dirks joined the Black Hills Regional Eye Institute in 1999. In addition to appointments in Rapid City, he travels to Saint Mary’s Hospital Pierre, SD.