Glaucoma Treatment Options

Today, there is no cure for glaucoma. However, there are treatment options combining medication, laser surgery for glaucoma that may prevent further or stop vision loss by controlling the number one risk factor of glaucoma – high levels of IOP. 

How do you treat Glaucoma?

Glaucoma Medicine
Up to now, controlling unsafe levels of IOP has been primarily accomplished by using eye drops.

Laser Surgery for Glaucoma Lumenis Ophthalmology – glaucoma treatment options
Advances in laser surgery are providing effective alternatives to treat glaucoma. Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty, or SLT, is a highly effective out-patient laser procedure that reduces IOP by stimulating a natural healing response.  SLT, a patented low energy laser treatment method, uses a unique combination of minimal energy and short laser pulses. One-time SLT treatment results in eye pressure drop equivalent to the pressure drop experienced from daily use of eye drops. However, SLT is not associated with the systemic side effects, cost issues, and need for daily use.

In surgery a tiny drainage hole is made in the sclera (the white part of the eye). This new hole facilitates fluid outflow which in turn lowers IOP. Another variation of this procedure involves a shunt that is surgically implanted in the eye. The tubes within the shunt decrease IOP by bypassing blocked cellular tissue.


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