Glaucoma, a common and frustrating impairment of vision, represents a leading cause of blindness in the United States.
Glaucoma is actually the name for a group of related diseases that can damage the optic nerve. Unfortunately, they often go unnoticed until significant vision loss occurs.
But there’s a silver lining to this: Early detection and appropriate treatment can act as shields, safeguarding your eyes from severe vision impairment or even blindness. Understanding the treatment options is so important as you try to address your glaucoma.
Trabeculectomy is a surgical procedure designed to reduce the intraocular pressure in the eye — a common cause of glaucoma. In this procedure, a small flap is created in the sclera (white part of the eye). This allows fluid to drain from the eye through a tiny reservoir or bubble, called a bleb. This controlled drainage helps decrease eye pressure and protects the optic nerve from additional damage.
Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty (SLT)
For those who might be seeking a non-invasive approach, SLT offers an effective alternative. This laser procedure targets specific cells in the trabecular meshwork, which are the eye’s drainage channels. Thus, SLT results in increased outflow of the aqueous humor (the fluid inside the eye), thereby reducing intraocular pressure. SLT is often chosen for its minimal side effects and can also be repeated if necessary.
Minimally Invasive Glaucoma Surgery (MIGS)
MIGS represents a new frontier in the world of glaucoma treatment. As the name suggests, these procedures are less invasive than traditional glaucoma surgeries. With micro-incisions using micro-sized equipment, MIGS can reduce intraocular pressure by improving fluid drainage from the eye. Benefits include fewer complications, quicker recovery times, and less reliance on glaucoma medications after treatment.
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Glaucoma might be a silent attacker, but its impact can be significantly reduced with the right knowledge and timely intervention.
Southside Eye Care, serving Chesapeake, VA, and neighboring areas, has a team of experts to guide you through the available glaucoma treatment options. Don’t wait until vision loss becomes a problem. Schedule a consultation with Southside Eye Care by calling 757-484-0101 or filling out our contact form.