The treatment of glaucoma
We may use eye drops, laser treatment or surgery to treat glaucoma. By talking with your ophthalmologist, you can decide what treatment is best for you.
The most common form of the illness, open-angle glaucoma, is caused by a rise of pression inside the eye, which harms the nerve fibres of the optic nerve. The peripheral vision often is the first to be hurt. With time, the central vision is deteriorating and the glaucoma causes blindness.
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Instead of burning the tissue, the laser targets only the pigment cells. This treatment does not cause scarring, can be repeated and presents few side effects.
Eye drops are commonly used to treat glaucoma, but they remain an expensive option and are associated with side effects. They are also cumbersome, since the person affected must use them several times a day for the rest of his or her life.
The conventional surgery is called trabeculectomy by filtration. It involves making a small valve-like opening in the side of the eye to allow the continual flow of aqueous humour.
The vast majority of glaucoma patients have primary open-angle glaucoma. All physicians need to be cognizant of another form of glaucoma, closed angle or angle-closure glaucoma, which may present itself acutely or may be silent and chronic.
Pigmentary glaucoma is a secondary of glaucoma relatively common in young adults; it appears to be exclusively linked to an ocular disorder and could present potentially severe consequences for young people.
Glaucoma is typically a disease that affects the middle aged and the elderly. Thus, its occurrence in children or young adults always raises the question of some associated condition, such as an intraocular tumour.
Although it is recognized that not all glaucoma patients demonstrate elevated intraocular pressure and not all glaucomatous optic nerve damage is attributable to pressure damage per se, current standard glaucoma care is devoted almost exclusively to reduction of intraocular pressure.
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