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Glaucoma is a progressive eye disease that can eventually lead to loss of vision.
When you have glaucoma, the optic nerve that carries electrical signals from your eye to your brain slowly becomes compromised, affecting your peripheral vision and potentially causing gradual blindness. It’s often hereditary or experienced by patients over 65 or of African descent, but can also develop from a past eye injury, high eye pressure or a thin cornea .
There are many specific subtypes of glaucoma. Each type of glaucoma has its distinct method by which it inflicts damage to the optic nerve. If you are diagnosed, our glaucoma specialists will take the time to educate you on the type of glaucoma affecting your eyes and the best route for treatment.
With open angle glaucoma, fluid doesn’t flow out of your eye properly, causing pressure to develop that eventually causes a disruption in sight. There are usually no symptoms for the patient to notice, which is why this a leading but preventable cause of blindness.
When your iris is pushed or pulled forward, it can sometimes result in a blockage of the drainage angle in the eye, causing pressure and damage your optic nerve. There are no symptoms associated with this. However, in some cases, this drainage angle can become completely blocked, and the fluid pressure of the eye rises very quickly. Symptoms are often immediate and can result in eye pain, headaches, halos, dilated pupils, vision loss, red eyes, nausea and vomiting. When you experience a closed-angle attack of glaucoma, you may also experience central and/or peripheral vision loss. Most people will also experience significant eye pain during a closed-angle episode
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When we treat glaucoma, we reduce the pressure inside your eye. It’s often controlled with lasers, eye drops or oral medications, and sometimes through minimally invasive surgery. We work with each patient to evaluate symptoms, understand your challenges and propose the best plan for recovery.
If your glaucoma progresses, we sometimes recommend a trabeculectomy. This incisional surgical procedure allows the eye to drain fluid, lowers eye pressure and stops further progression of glaucoma in the affected eye.
This procedure is performed on patients who have not seen results from eye drops and initial laser surgery. This incisional surgical procedure allows the eye to drain fluid, lowers eye pressure and stops further progression of glaucoma in the affected eye.
LPI is performed on patients who have narrow angles, closed-angle glaucoma, or pigmentary glaucoma. During this procedure, the surgeon makes a small hole in the iris to reestablish normal drainage.
iStent, goniotomy, Cypass, and the Xen Gel are newer surgical innovations that can reduce eye pressure.
If a trabeculectomy hasn’t been successful, or if your eye is at high risk for scarring, we often recommend placing a tiny drainage tube in your eye called a seton. It may be the first procedure for certain types of glaucoma, especially in diabetic patients or those patients who have had corneal transplantation.
If you’d like to learn more about the different types of glaucoma and their treatment options, visit the glaucoma treatment page on our parent website: oomc.com.
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