Glaucoma refers to a group of eye conditions that result in damage to the optic nerve. Usually, this damage is due to higher than normal pressure within the eye. It’s often called the silent thief of sight, because the damage can progress very slowly. Without regular eye exams, you might not discover the problem before it’s too late; for that reason, glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness in America. Fortunately, though, there are a number of treatments available to slow its progression, and we offer many of them here at Valley Eye Associates.
Drops are the most common treatment for glaucoma, but we also offer several surgical options, should you require them:
iStent is the smallest medical device ever approved by the FDA. It is placed in your eye during cataract surgery and is so small that you won’t be able to see or feel it after the procedure is over. iStent is designed to create a permanent opening in your trabecular meshwork, and works continuously to improve the outflow of fluid from your eyes to help control eye pressure. For more information, visit their website here: glaukos.com
There are also several laser treatments available, many of which are described on the following websites: