Protect Yourself From Significant Vision Loss
Many people refer to glaucoma as the “sneak thief of sight” because it can develop with no symptoms in its early stages. By the time you notice a problem, your vision has sustained damage. With time, this disease can lead to permanent vision loss.
After diagnosing glaucoma, treatment can help prevent further damage to the eyes, protecting your vision. At our practice, we have several treatments available to help address glaucoma. Learn more about our glaucoma treatments and contact us to book an appointment.
What Is Glaucoma?
Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases that damage the optic nerve, progressively worsening your vision. This disease can cause severe, irreversible vision loss if left untreated. Many people experience little to no glaucoma symptoms until their vision is affected, making early diagnosis crucial for treating this disease.
A common sign for many but not all forms of glaucoma is an increase in intraocular pressure (IOP). The treatment you receive may depend on the form of glaucoma you have.
Common types of glaucoma include:
- Primary open-angle glaucoma: One of the most common forms of this disease, open-angle glaucoma causes IOP to rise because fluid cannot drain from the eye effectively
- Angle-closure glaucoma: Angle-closure glaucoma occurs when pressure suddenly rises due to the sudden blockage of the drainage canals, causing the aqueous fluid to become trapped—this disease can lead to sudden vision loss & requires immediate attention
- Normal-tension glaucoma: Normal-tension glaucoma causes damage to the optic nerve without raising eye pressure—doctors are unsure of why this happens
Our Glaucoma Treatments
Many glaucoma treatments exist today to help lower eye pressure, including laser treatments, medications, surgeries, and minimally invasive procedures. Your doctor can help determine the most effective treatment option for your needs.
The glaucoma treatments we provide include:
- Laser trabeculoplasty: Laser trabeculoplasty uses a focused laser beam to treat the drainage angle within the eye to improve the flow of aqueous fluid, helping lower IOP for those with primary open-angle glaucoma
- Laser iridotomy: Laser iridotomy is ideal for patients with closed-angle glaucoma—it involves using a laser to create a small hole in the iris to open the drainage angle & allow more fluid to flow
- Medications: Eye drops & oral medications may be prescribed to help lower your eye pressure
- Trabectome: Trabectome is a surgery used for open-angle glaucoma—it features a probe-like device that enters the eye to emit thermal energy, removing the covering of the drainage angle to allow greater fluid flow
- Kahook Dual Blade: The Kahook Dual Blade is surgery for open-angle glaucoma, featuring the use of incisions to remove a section of tissue in the trabecular meshwork to increase aqueous fluid flow
- Micro invasive glaucoma surgery with cataract surgery: Micro invasive glaucoma surgery occurs after the completion of cataract surgery, involving the placement of a microstent to open the eye’s drainage system to lower IOP
- Trabeculectomy: Trabeculectomy is a common surgery used to lower IOP through the creation of an opening in the white of the eye, helping fluid drain into a small reservoir under the eye’s surface
- Ex-PRESS glaucoma shunt: The Ex-PRESS glaucoma shunt procedure involves placing a tiny filtration device called a shunt into the eye to reroute fluid from the eye, lowering IOP
- Glaucoma drainage devices: A glaucoma drainage device is a tube shunt that helps reroute excess aqueous fluid from the eye into an exterior reservoir to lower eye pressure
Which Treatment Is Right for You?
It’s essential to receive treatment if you have glaucoma. Severe and permanent vision loss is possible if this disease is left untreated. With the correct glaucoma treatment, your ophthalmologist can help prevent further damage to the optic nerve.
Contact us to request an appointment if you’re interested in glaucoma treatment.
- 2060 Charlie Hall Blvd #301
- Charleston, SC 29414
- Phone: 843-571-4800
- Fax: 843-763-7621
- Monday: 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
- Tuesday: 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
- Wednesday: 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
- Thursday: 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
- Friday: 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
- Saturday: Closed
- Sunday: Closed
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