Treatment for glaucoma comes in three forms: eye drops, laser treatment and incisional surgery. These treatments are all aimed at lowering the eye pressure.
For almost all patients, appropriate treatment will slow and often stop the progression of glaucoma. Many patients choose to start with medical treatment.
For those requiring additional treatment, or those who do not wish to use eye drops, surgical procedures may be performed. Procedures include:
Laser procedures, including trabeculoplasty, iridotomy, and transscleral cyclphotocoagulation.
Trabeculectomy with or without anti-scarring agents. This surgery creates a new filter in the wall of the eye which allows for improved aqueous fluid drainage from inside the eye, and lower eye pressure.
Drainage tube-shunt implant placement. Our physicians are among a select group nationwide who perform this procedure. A microscopic tube may be used for patients with complicated glaucoma.
Cataract surgery with intraocular lens implants.
If a patient has a visually significant cataract and glaucoma, he or she may benefit from combined cataract removal and a filtering surgery to lower the intraocular pressure at the same time.