What Are My Treatment Options for Glaucoma?

Elderly woman making video call on laptop in kitchenGlaucoma is a severe condition that can cause vision loss and complete blindness if not treated properly. However, there are many different treatment options available to help control the progression of glaucoma, so working closely with your doctor at Wilkinson Eye Center of Pontiac and Clarkston, MI, can help to decide which option is right for you.

What Treatment Options Are Available for Glaucoma Patients?

  • Eye drops. Eye drops are a common type of treatment used to help regulate intraocular pressure in people with glaucoma. Depending on the severity of your glaucoma, you may need several different types of eye drops to keep your intraocular pressure under control. Your doctor at Wilkinson Eye Center may recommend that you use the eye drops regularly or when your intraocular pressure increases.
  • Laser surgery. Laser surgery involves lasers that drain excess fluid from within the eye and reduce pressure. This is usually done by either making drainage holes in the trabecular meshwork (the part of the eye where fluid collects) or using laser beams directly on the lens itself. Laser surgery is usually a very safe procedure with some mild risks and complications.
  • Filtration surgery. Some people with glaucoma may also need to undergo filtration surgery to keep their intraocular pressure under control. Filtration surgery involves the placement of a tube or shunt placed for drainage purposes.
  • Medications. There are several medications that your doctor at Wilkinson Eye Center may prescribe if you suffer from glaucoma. Depending on your specific type of glaucoma, your doctor may prescribe medications such as beta-blockers, prostaglandin analogues, carbonic anhydrase inhibitors, and alpha agonists.

How Do I Learn More About the Option Right for Me?

Although there is no cure for glaucoma at this time, many people do well with the available treatment options. Work closely with your doctor at Wilkinson Eye Center to find a treatment plan that works best for you, and never hesitate to ask questions if something is unclear or seems unfamiliar to you. With the proper care and attention, it is possible to successfully manage your glaucoma and prevent vision loss. Call 248-334-4931 to request an appointment at one of our two office locations.

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