At this time there is no permanent solution for Glaucoma. However, depending on the type of Glaucoma you have, there are various management tools and treatments that can slow or halt further progression of the disease.
These include eye drops, oral medication, as well as laser and classical surgical techniques.
Often, Glaucoma develops undetected. Most forms of Glaucoma are painless and asymptomatic (initially). Glaucoma develops over time, slowly worsening your vision. If left undetected long enough you may develop “tunnel vision”, where your ability to see via your peripheral vision becomes greatly reduced.
Certain types of Glaucoma – notably, acute angle-closure Glaucoma – can present sudden symptoms, including:
Glaucoma comes in two main flavours, each with their own variations. Open-Angle Glaucoma (OAG) and Narrow Angle Glaucoma.
Variations of OAG include: primary open angle glaucoma (POAG), normal-tension glaucoma (NTG), pigmentary glaucoma, pseudoexfoliation glaucoma, secondary glaucoma and congenital glaucoma.
Variations of narrow angle glaucoma include include acute angle closure glaucoma, chronic angle closure glaucoma, and neovascular glaucoma.
Glaucoma is not categorized by a cause so much as the nature of the damage it does to your optic nerve. This damage is almost always irreversible- it can only be prevented, not repaired.
Testing for Glaucoma is part of your eye exam. Using a tonometer, we measure your intraocular pressure (IOP). We also test via optical coherence tomography (OCT) to measure the health of the retinal nerve fiber layer (RNFL) and macula. Visual field testing gives us perspective on your field of vision and as well as whether or not you have or are developing for blind spots.
The most common treatments for Glaucoma are medicated eye drops, which work to lower your intraocular pressure (IOP). The eye drops work by reducing the amount of fluid created in the eye, as well as by helping the eye discharge the fluid it does create.
There are also surgical options for Glaucoma:
It is easy to downplay the importance of strict adherence to treatment because Glaucoma often shows no symptoms. We implore you not to neglect treatment as the cost of doing so can be severe.
Many people that experience significant loss or blindness as a result from Glaucoma do so because they fail to adhere to their treatment. It cannot be understated how important it is to stay on top of your medications (whether they are eye drops or oral).
If you find your eye drops uncomfortable, or if you are experiencing negative side effects, do not discontinue use until you have talked to us first.
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