Glaucoma is a chronic disorder, and once diagnosed, a patient must be attentive
to maintaining treatment for the rest of his or her life. However,
glaucoma treatment can be highly effective in stabilizing a person’s eyesight and preventing
further vision impairment. The key to early and effective glaucoma detection
and treatment is a commitment to regular ophthalmologist visits. Many
times, glaucoma can inflict considerable damage to the optic nerve and
eye structure before an individual experiences a vision problem, so routine
eye checkups are essential. Continue reading to learn about some of the
management options for glaucoma.
Eye Drop Therapy
Glaucoma begins with a buildup of fluid within the eye that puts pressure
on the optic nerve. To alleviate this fluid pressure, an ophthalmologist
may advise eligible patients to take
eye drop medication for glaucoma that lowers the force on eye structure. However, experts caution that
as with any medical prescription, individuals should take their eye drops
strictly as directed and disclose to their ophthalmologist if they are
taking any other medications.
Patients whose glaucoma is unresponsive to eye drop therapy may want to
consider laser therapy as an alternative glaucoma treatment method. Laser
therapy is a minimally invasive procedure that utilizes laser technology
to create an unobstructed drainage passage for ocular fluid. The effectiveness
of this procedure lies in its ability to relieve the internal fluid pressure
in the eye and allow for easier fluid movement.
When both eye drop therapy and laser therapy cannot alleviate glaucoma
symptoms, an ophthalmologist may recommend more traditional surgical methods
to slow eye damage and deterioration. Surgery for glaucoma typically involves
the construction of a small tissue flap in the eye that allows for effective
eye fluid drainage and lowers eye pressure.
Do you suffer from glaucoma?
Dr. Mark Hornfeld offers a wide range of glaucoma treatment methods to address each patient’s
individual vision needs. Our NYC office also offers eye care for cataracts
and refractive errors. To make an appointment, contact us at (212) 580-8881.