Glaucoma is a blinding disease of the optic nerve and has been referred to as the “sneak thief of sight” because it may progress without any warning symptoms. Most commonly, glaucoma damage is associated with elevated intraocular pressure above the normal level. Just as a tire is filled with air to a specific pressure, the eye is a hollow organ with fluid normally maintained within a normal range of fluid pressure. The only proven way to slow the progression of glaucoma is to lower the intraocular pressure.
Live Oak Ophthalmology is a superbly equipped ophthalmology clinic where patients benefit from state of the art glaucoma evaluation instrumentation in addition to the skillful clinical evaluation of comprehensive eye exams. Specifically, our surgeons utilize photographic stereo (3D) evaluation of the optic nerve, automated visual field exams with the Humphrey field analyzer, and/or optic nerve fiber layer monitoring with Heidelberg Ocular Coherence Tomography.
A large percentage of glaucoma patients are successfully treated with pressure lowering topical eye drops. When medication is not effective, laser or other surgeries may be employed. Increasingly, glaucoma laser treatment is being used worldwide not only when drops are ineffective, but also as a first line treatment alternative to chronic eye drops. The need for topical drops is often reduced after the performance of such procedures.
The clinic of Live Oak Ophthalmology houses a full time on-site glaucoma laser, the QuantelSoLuTis. Our surgeons, Drs. Hester and Groat, are pleased to perform Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty (SLT) in the clinic. This very safe procedure usually takes only about 5 minutes and is painless. Patients may go home without restrictions shortly after the procedure which is reimbursed by most insurances.
ISTENT® TRABECULAR MICRO-BYPASS: Now available during cataract surgery with Drs. Hester and Groat
The iStent is 20,000 times smaller than the intraocular lens placed in your eye during cataract surgery and is designed to reduce your eye pressure. This procedure can be accomplished through the same incision made for cataract surgery and only adds a few minutes of operative time. Many patients will be able to reduce the quantity of eye drops needed to manage glaucoma. Ask our expert surgeons if this surgical option is right for you.