Glaucoma is a progressive condition where the pressure inside the eyes, or intraocular pressure, increases and exerts pressure on the optic nerve resulting in loss of peripheral or side vision without causing any pain. If left untreated, glaucoma will develop into its advanced stages and the damage it is inflicting on the optic nerve will escalate, which could lead to permanent blindness. Dr. Spencer Sherman of the Manhattan Ophthalmology Associates in Manhattan, New York, has developed specialized diagnostic procedures that will help you identify the symptoms of glaucoma earlier on, which is key to the effective management of the disease. Dr. Sherman recommends having complete eye examinations regularly if you are
found to have risk factors for glaucoma.
There are two different types of glaucoma, one is the open-angle type in which the eye and its structures appear to be physically normal, but upon closer inspection, the fluid inside is not draining properly through the trabecular meshwork, thereby increasing intraocular pressure. Narrow-angle glaucoma is less common but, similarly, drainage in the eye is impaired because the drainage channel between the iris and the cornea is too narrow.
Thanks to the advancements in ophthalmology, glaucoma may now be treated using one or a combination of the following procedures. The use of prescription eye drops has been a common method of disease management and works either by decreasing the production of fluid in the eye, or stimulating an increase in it’s outflow. Laser surgery has also been used to manage the symptoms of glaucoma by increasing the outflow of fluid and opening up the trabecular meshwork, facilitating free flow of ocular fluid, or treating inner layers of the eye to reduce the fluid production. Microsurgery has also been implicated in the treatment of glaucoma and often involves the creation of an additional drainage channel to aid in the alleviation of intraocular pressure.
If proper treatment is not given to a patient with glaucoma and the earliest symptoms are not addressed, loss of vision will occur. Once this happens, vision cannot be restored. That is why it is crucial to stress the importance of regular eye exams to reveal any underlying conditions, and strict compliance with the treatment regimen if the disease is already in progress.
Dr. Sherman is a Board Certified Ophthalmologist who has been serving the Upper East Side community for over 40 years. Kind and compassionate, Dr. Sherman dedicates his time to his patients needs, making sure all each feels calm and comfortable through all aspects of care. Throughout his esteemed career Dr. Sherman has studied all aspects of Ophthalmic care and has dedicated his practice to his passion, the treatment of Glaucoma, Cataracts, and Contact Lenses.
Dr. Sherman has been a guest professor and lecturer at many leading medical institutions in the United States and around the world. He has published textbooks and scientific articles in numerous major medical journals. Dr. Sherman continues to be active in ophthalmic research and has given many courses of cataract, implant laser surgery and contact lenses.
Learn more about Dr. Sherman, Curriculum Vitae
B.A. Cum Laude: Princeton University
M.D., Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons
Diplomate American Board of Opthalmology
Fellow, American Academy of Surgeons
Fellow International College of Surgeons
Attending Eye Surgeon
Dr. Spencer Sherman is affiliated with the following Hospitals:
Lenox Hill - North Shore LIJ - MEETH
And the following Insurance Companies:
Medicare - United Healthcare - Oxford - Aetna
Blue Cross/Blue Shield (PPO/HMO) - GEHA - GHI
Magnacare - UMR - CIGNA
"Dr. Sherman and his staff were exceptionally kind, thorough and professional. The office and equipment are clean and organized. I am very happy I decided to try an appointment with him."
"Dr. Sherman was a very professional and intelligent doctor. What made the visit great was his staff. Mai and Cecillia were fantastic and so friendly. I look forward to getting my eyes checked again!"
"I have been going to Dr. Sherman for MANY years. I am 69 years old and he has the BEST bedside manner of any doctor I have ever used. Always treated well by staff and always got the appointment I wished. I dread the day he retires."
"Amazing human & professional , I highly recommend! I did see Dr Sherman for a consultation today : best choice ever coming from very far to see him , great advice , very good listener he pointed my eye condition and oriented me , he probably saved my eyes , all was amazing the staff as well was perfect! Thanks a lot! Merci!"
"Dr Sherman was polite, efficient and explained everything about the examination. He had a lovely manner and I had total confidence in his diagnosis. I will definitely go back to Dr. Sherman. I feel fortunate to have found him on ZocDoc."
"Dr. Sherman was fantastic. I came in rather afraid but he really helped ease my mind about my situation. I have never had eye or eyelid related issues before, so this was a new experience for me. He did a thorough exam of me and I felt so happy after leaving his office."