Glaucoma is a serious disease, and if left untreated is a leading cause of blindness. Sometimes called the silent thief, glaucoma damages vision so gradually you often won’t notice any vision loss until it’s too late. Glaucoma has no symptoms, making preventative screening a critical part of your eye health exams.
Glaucoma is a condition where fluid does not flow easily through the eye, causing pressure to build. This increase in pressure can damage the optic nerve. If high eye pressure is allowed to continue unchecked, glaucoma will permanently damage the optic nerve. Without treatment, glaucoma can cause permanent blindness.
Because most people suffering from glaucoma have no early symptoms or pain, it is important to have regular eye health exams so that glaucoma is properly diagnosed and treated before any damage occurs.
Recent studies indicate safe and effective alternatives to traditional pressure-lowering eye drops. There are various safe and minimally invasive procedures that help reduce or eliminate your need for drops. Dr. Harvey will be able to discuss the possible options for the best glaucoma management for your unique situation.
Pressure-reducing traditional eye drops can be cumbersome, expensive, and have unwelcoming side effects that impact your quality of life. The goal of all Glaucoma treatment is to lower eye pressure. Various minimally invasive procedures are available to achieve this goal, while reducing the usage of drops in your everyday life.
Most procedures can be combined with cataract surgery or as stand-alone procedures. It is not uncommon for these procedures to only take several minutes, and have long-lasting effects.
Complications are extremely rare and treatments are as equally effective as drop therapy. Patients currently utilizing pressure-reducing eye drops may use these procedures as a supplemental treatment to further reduce their eye pressure.
With fewer trips to the pharmacy, you can spend more time doing what you love.
Increased Compliance – A decrease in drop usage means better pressure control. Drops are easy to forget and difficult to dispense.