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Laser trabeculoplasty is the primary treatment for glaucoma. It involves using a laser to correct the drainage angle of your eye. The surgery seeks to ease fluid flow (aqueous humor) from the front part of your eye. Proper drainage decreases the pressure inside the eye. Laser treatment is done when eye drop medications fail to lower intraocular pressure.
Health problems can affect any part of our body, including our eyes. There’s a range of different conditions that can affect the health of our eyes and our vision, with one of the most common being macular degeneration. Also known as age-related macular degeneration or AMD, this condition is characterized by the gradual loss of central vision. This doesn’t cause blindness but does make many day to day activities like watching television, driving and recognizing faces more difficult.
Many people with astigmatism fear that regular contact lenses cannot help with their condition. Fortunately, technological advancement has birthed toric lenses, the tailor-made solution for astigmatism. The lenses’ unique design helps to end or reduce the corneal astigmatism progression. The lenses also resolve uncorrected distance vision.
Treatment of glaucoma consists of medical and surgical therapies. While surgical therapy is gaining traction (especially in the area of MIGS), medical therapy remains the cornerstone of treatment algorithms. Therefore, today’s topic will focus on the different options of medical therapy and their side effects, as well as a sneak, peek of what we might have in the future.
Cornea transplants are the most common and most successful transplant surgeries across America. The rejection rate for this surgery is low, and most patients have their vision fully restored. A cornea transplant surgery is used to correct vision after cornea damage from a traumatic injury or disease.
Glaucoma can affect people of all age groups, but the most common glaucoma presentation (what we referred to as primary open angle glaucoma) tends to occur in people of older age. And it is also this group that is vulnerable to COVID-19, and leaving home to come to the clinic can be challenging as well as daunting. Despite a protective and strict protocol set forth and followed by all medical staff at the clinic, some people nevertheless don’t want to gamble to come to the clinic. Therefore, the purpose of my blog is to discuss with everyone the general topics on glaucoma, ranging from the cause of monitoring and to treatment. With a better understanding of the disease, one can make a better decision about when to follow up in the clinic. Today, I just want to start out this blog with some general questions and answers.
Cataracts result from the natural aging process. Eye lenses that were initially clear start to cloud over and become harder and more rigid. For people with this condition, seeing through their cloudy lenses is like looking through a fogged-up or frosty window. This makes it difficult for them to see people’s expressions, drive at night, or read.
Glaucoma is a disease of the eye that causes damage to your optic nerve. It is caused by a buildup of pressure inside your eye that ends up damaging your optic nerve. The most common glaucoma happens when the pressure is too high for too long. Glaucoma is hereditary, but one would not usually get it until later in life. If glaucoma worsens, it may cause total blindness within a few years. However, glaucoma can be treated if detected early through regular eye exams conducted by your eye doctor. The two types of glaucoma are open-angle glaucoma and closed-angle glaucoma.