Treatments for Glaucoma
Once you have been diagnosed with glaucoma, it's important to get treatment right away in order to prevent further damage. There are several treatments available, and which ones will be suggested by your Eye Gallery eye doctor will depend on the specifics of your case. Here are some of the top ones:
These typically come in the form of eye drops. The drops can lower the amount of fluid your eye produces or they can cause the fluid to flow more freely through the drainage ducts. While they are usually effective, they can also cause side-effects like stinging around the eyes, an elevated pulse rate, changes in your energy level, blurred vision, and the growth of eyelashes.
There are two main forms of laser surgery, and they are typically performed at an ophthalmologists office.
Trabeculoplasty is used for open-angle glaucoma. It involves adjusting the drainage duct, or "angle," so that it drains better than it had been. Iridotomy is used for closed-angle glaucoma and involves using the laser to create a tiny new hole in the iris. Eye fluid then flows through this hole to reach the drainage angle.
Operating Room Procedures
The trabeculoplasty can also be done in an operating room. In this version, a tiny scalpel is used instead of the laser to create a flap and adjust the eye's drainage angle.
Operating room surgery is also used to place implants and make larger modifications to the eye's drainage system. Typically, a tube is implanted to create drainage and a reservoir is fashioned inside the eye to collect the fluids. The eye's blood vessels then pick up the fluids so that the body can eliminate them through natural processes.
Seeing Your Eye Doctor During or After Treatment
After you have begun treatment for glaucoma, your doctor will usually want to see you once every 3-6 months. This lets him make sure everything is going well and to spot and fix any problems that may have arisen. If you are on medication, it may be adjusted during these visits to optimize effectiveness or reduce side-effects.
Contact Us Today
To get tested for glaucoma or explore your treatment options, make an appointment with us here at Eye Gallery today. We have locations in Plano and Prosper, TX.