Glaucoma has been called the silent thief of sight. It is a condition associated with pressure in the eye and characterized by damage to the optic nerve with slow vision loss that can lead to blindness. Glaucoma affects two million Americans, and half of those people are unaware they even have the disease. Glaucoma can run in families.
There is presently no cure for glaucoma, but ICON Eyecare’s team of glaucoma specialists are here to serve you and offer a variety of glaucoma treatment options that aim to relieve symptoms, slow the progress of the disease and prevent further damage or loss of sight.
To learn more about glaucoma, watch the short video below.
How is Glaucoma Treated?
There are a variety of treatment options for glaucoma ranging from eyedrops to surgery.
For each patient, a personalized treatment and follow-up plan will be discussed and organized with an ICON Eyecare glaucoma specialist. The goal of glaucoma therapy is to preserve the patient’s present level of vision and to prevent further peripheral, and sometimes central, vision loss. The treatment plan will vary depending on the type of glaucoma diagnosed, the degree to which the glaucoma has progressed, the patient’s underlying risk factors, as well as other variables.
If you’ve been managing your glaucoma symptoms with medication, and are also in need of cataract surgery, iStent Trabecular Micro-Bypass may be an ideal option for you. iStent is a tiny implant that’s helped thousands of people with glaucoma successfully manage their intraocular pressure and reduce or eliminate their need for hypotensive eyedrops. By taking advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity during cataract surgery, you can address both of these conditions at the same time.
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Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty (SLT) is a laser-enabled procedure to treat intraocular pressure caused by open-angle glaucoma. In patients with open-angle glaucoma, the trabecular meshwork (drainage tissue in the eye) does not allow for adequate outflow, causing intraocular pressure (IOP) which needs to be managed with medication or surgical intervention. Unregulated IOP can lead to blindness.
SLT is one of many options to address IOP in open-angle glaucoma patients. Successful SLT treatment typically lasts anywhere from 1 to 5 years. Patients can undergo SLT surgery multiple times as needed. SLT may replace the need for glaucoma medication in some patients, but additional medications may still be needed in some cases. Your ICON Eyecare doctor will work closely with you to determine the best course of action.
To learn more about SLT, watch the short video below.
Laser Peripheral Iridotomy (LPI) is a laser treatment for narrow angles, narrow angle glaucoma and acute angle closure glaucoma. In these situations, the part of the eye responsible for draining fluid from the eye becomes narrow, causing increased intraocular eye pressure (IOP). This can happen suddenly or may occur over time.
During LPI treatment, a laser is used to target the narrow angles between the iris and cornea in an attempt to widen them and increase fluid flow. This allows the eye to better regulate intraocular pressure.
Cyclophotocoagulation (cyclo-photocoagulation) is an alternative glaucoma treatment most often used when glaucoma medication and other surgical treatment options do not lower intraocular pressure (IOP) as much as desired or required. These glaucoma cases are often referred to as ‘refractory,’ or stubborn and resistant to treatment.
Cyclophotocoagulation is a surgical laser procedure that targets the source of IOP directly. CPC may be repeated if the desired eye pressure is not achieved. ECP is performed endoscopically.
ICON Eyecare is a Glaucoma Center of Excellence. With experienced specialists, advanced diagnostic and treatment technology, you can trust that when you choose ICON Eyecare for your or your loved one’s glaucoma care, you are in good hands.