Damage caused by glaucoma cannot be reversed. The goal of glaucoma treatment is to prevent further damage of the optic nerve with minimal side effects. The mainstay of glaucoma treatment is lowering the eye pressure.
Treatment options include:
Medically treating glaucoma is usually achieved with eyedrops. These drops need to be every day on a chronic basis. Eyedrops can vary in dosage from once a day to three times a day. Six Steps for Properly Using Eyedrops
These are in office procedures that are very easy to tolerate. Our patients can drive themselves to and from the laser appointment. There is no down time after the laser treatment: the patient can return to work or other activities immediately.
- Laser Peripheral Iridotomy: used to treat closed-angle glaucoma.
- Selective Laser Trabeculopasty: Used to reduce the eye pressure in all types of glaucoma.
When surgery is needed we use microsurgical instruments to improve existing or create new drainage pathways for the eye. Sometimes these surgical techniques are paired with cataract surgery.
iStent: This is a new type of micro invasive glaucoma surgery that uses a microscopic stent to create a permanent opening in the drainage channels of the eye. This is paired with cataract surgery.