Glaucoma can be treated using a number of techniques. These include laser surgery, traditional surgery, eye drops, and pills. The purpose of glaucoma treatment is to prevent future vision loss. This is because any vision loss experienced to date because of glaucoma is irreversible. The great thing about glaucoma is that if it is detected early, it can be managed. It is possible that individuals with this disease can save their sight with surgery and treatment.
Sticking to the medication routine provided by our doctors is key if you’re going to protect your vision. Our experts at Live Oak Ophthalmology (Dr. Groat and Dr. Hester) will work with you as a team to help you battle glaucoma.
Eye drops should be taken regularly and exactly as they are prescribed by our team of professionals. The purpose of the eye drops is to help control eye pressure. The eye drops are absorbed into your bloodstream. This is why it is imperative that you tell us about other medications you are currently using.
After applying the drops, it is recommended that you close your eyes for a couple of minutes. Put your finger lightly against the interior nasal corner of your eyelid to close your tear duct. The eye drops may cause mild irritation at first, but this sensation only lasts for a couple of seconds.
For some people, eye drops are not enough. Your doctor may prescribe pills that you can take in addition to using your eye drops. Medication should be taken between two and four times a day, depending on what your doctor prescribes.
There are surgical options for dealing with this disease. The surgical options are used when medications do not produce the desired results or when medications produce intolerable side effects. Laser surgery is exceptionally popular. It is a intermediary step between having a traditional glaucoma surgery and using medication. An open angle glaucoma surgery is the most popular performed.
During the laser glaucoma surgery, energy is directed at the eye. The drainage system of the eye is changed by the laser to allow more fluid to drain out easier. This lowers your intraocular pressure.
The nice thing about the laser surgery is that you’re able to go home and go back to your normal activities a couple hours after the surgery. Our team will monitor your intraocular pressure to make sure that it is reducing to a normal level. Some people do not need medication after surgery. However, others do. The doctor will be the best judge of whether or not medication is right for you.
Being diagnosed with glaucoma can feel scary. It is encouraging to know that there are a number of treatment options available for glaucoma. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation! We are conveniently located in Wilmington, NC.