Glaucoma is a progressive disorder of your optic nerves. The optic nerves send the visual information from the eye to the brain for processing. Without a healthy optic nerve, vision can suffer to the point of complete irreversible blindness. If you have been diagnosed with glaucoma, or have a family history of glaucoma, it is important to have regular eye examinations.
There are various kinds of glaucoma including:
Topical anti-glaucoma drops can work by lowering the pressure of the fluid in the eye. Oral medications are also used in rare occasion. Medications slow the rate of glaucoma progression. Patients on medical therapy require regular follow-up visits to monitor their condition.
LASER procedures are available to lower the intraocular pressure and slow the rate of glaucoma progression. These procedures are performed in the office and there is little no down time following the procedure. The laser procedure may decrease dependence on glaucoma medications to control intraocular pressure. Patients require regular follow-up visits to monitor their condition.
Minimally invasive glaucoma surgery (MIGS) is offered to eligible patients of NextGen Eye which lowers the intraocular pressure in the eye and slows the rate of glaucoma progression. We utilize MIGS including the iStent® procedure that offers great IOL lowering potential for patients. Often times patients are able to become less dependent on glaucoma drops following a MIGS procedure. Ask your surgeon today to see if you are a candidate for a MIGS procedure.
For advanced cases of glaucoma that are not amenable to glaucoma medications, laser, or MIGS we may opt for surgical procedures including trabeculectomy or tube shunt placement.
If you have a medical concern regarding your eyes or your vision please give us a call to set up a comprehensive evaluation.