Have you recently found out that you have glaucoma? This is a serious medical condition, but it can be treated by a team of professionals. While hearing that you have glaucoma is never fun, glaucoma treatment has advanced over the last few years. You can still live a full, successful life, even if you have glaucoma.
One of the most common treatments for glaucoma is eye drops. These help control the pressure in your eyes. They are absorbed into your bloodstream, so you need to be careful of any interactions with other medications that you’re taking. You will also need to make sure that you use your eye drops regularly and exactly as the doctor has told you to use them. You want to make sure that as much of the drop as possible is absorbed into the eye, not the bloodstream. To achieve this, close your eye for a couple of minutes after putting the drops in and press lightly against the corner of your eye close to your nose.
If eye drops cannot successfully control your glaucoma, you’ll want to take pills in addition to them. These pills have a side effect of lowering the fluid production of your eye. Your doctor may also prescribe something to hydrate your eye. As with all medications, you will want to take these as prescribed by your doctor.
If neither of these treatments work, your doctor may choose a surgical procedure to help lower the pressure in your eye. This glaucoma treatment has become more popular. Laser surgery is a lot easier than traditional surgery. The type of laser surgery that you have will be determined by the type of glaucoma that you have. The doctor will aim a laser beam on the drain in your eye. This will change the drain system in subtle ways so that fluid can pass more easily out of it. It will not harm your vision.
Traditional surgery is also an option, though it is usually the last option on the table and everything else has stopped working. The most common of these surgeries involves creating a passage in the white part of the eye to help drain excess eye fluid. Surgeons know how to do this without deflating the eyeball. Many people do not even need glaucoma medication for a period of time after they have this surgery.
There are some other non-surgical procedures that are being tested to treat glaucoma. If one of these, or participating in a test for them, is right for you, your doctor should let you know.
If you need a doctor who specializes in glaucoma treatment, Meadows Eye Care can provide you with just that. We will connect you with a medical professional who understands the ins and outs of glaucoma and glaucoma treatment. They will look at your eyes and your case specifically, and let you know what you can do to lower the pressure in your eyes. We will help you live your life to the fullest even with glaucoma.