What is Glaucoma?

Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases marked by increased pressure within the eye that, if left untreated, can damage the optic nerve and cause loss of vision. It can be treated in one of two ways: medication or surgery. Both of these treatments are aimed at lowering intraocular pressure. Medications are considered to be the first line of treatment for the disease. If they fail, then surgery will be considered.

Medication

Glaucoma medications are either oral or topical. Topical medications such as eye drops, eye ointments, or inserts (strips of medication inserted in the corner of the eye), work to reduce intraocular pressure either by increasing the outflow of fluid from the eye or by reducing the amount of fluid produced by the eye.

Surgery

For patients who still have elevated intraocular pressure after being treated with medications, your doctor may recommend either laser or conventional surgery. Surgery options may include ECP or iStent procedures which provide better glaucoma control for patients with high pressure. They also eliminate the need for costly eye drops. With same-day testing and thorough consultations, we ensure convenience.