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Treatment Options for Glaucoma

Glaucoma is a very serious disease that occurs when there is an increase of intraocular pressure in the eye. Unfortunately, there is no cure for glaucoma. There are, however, treatments available from our professional ophthalmologists at Shreveport Eye Clinic. If you have already experienced vision loss, there is no way to get your vision back. The treatments will slow the progression of the disease, which will prevent further vision loss.

Eye Drops

Your optometrist can prescribe eye drops that will reduce the pressure in your eyes. If you are prescribed eye drops, you should let your eye doctor know of any medications that you are taking. There are some drugs that can be dangerous when mixed with the eye drops.

Oral Medication

If your eye drops aren't controlling the pressure in your eyes, your optometrist might prescribe an oral medication to take as well. This medication has been known to turn down the eye's faucet, which will reduce production of fluid and lower the pressure in your eyes.

Surgical Options

There are a few surgical options available that will slow the progression of the disease.

Laser Surgery: Laser surgery has become more and more common. Our ophthalmologist would use a laser on the eye's drain. The laser would change the way that the drainage system works so that fluid passes more easily. This would reduce the intraocular pressure.

Traditional Surgery: If the medication and laser surgery isn't lowering your eye pressure, our doctor might recommend a traditional surgery called a trabeculectomy. During the procedure, our eye doctor would create a passage in the white part of your eye to drain the excess eye fluids. A small bubble called a bleb will form over the surface of the eye, and it means that the fluid is draining and that the treatment is effective. About 50 percent of glaucoma patients who have this surgery no longer require glaucoma medications for a significant period of time.

Make an Appointment for Glaucoma Care

Since glaucoma often shows no early symptoms, it is essential that you make annual appointments with Shreveport Eye Clinic. The sooner you begin treatment, the less vision loss you will experience.

Do you or a loved one suffer from glaucoma? Share your experience in the comments.

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