If your eye doctor has diagnosed you with glaucoma you understand that the eye disease has started to damage your optic nerve. Depending on which type of glaucoma your eye doctor has diagnosed you with will determine how quickly the extra pressure created from excess fluid will damage your optic nerve.
Fortunately, most glaucoma is treatable. Getting treatment immediately is critical to slow or prevent further damage from occurring in your eyes. However, as a rule, damage caused by glaucoma cannot be reversed.
Your doctor will begin glaucoma treatment with eye drops that are taken several times a day. These drops are intended to lower the pressure inside your eye. For the eye drops to be effective it is important that you take them regularly, as prescribed by your eye doctor.
If the prescription eye drops from your eye doctor are not 100% effective they may need to be combined with pills. It is important to ensure you know the side-effects prescription pills may have on you, especially if you are taking other prescriptions.
Laser surgery may also be another treatment recommended by your eye doctor rather than medication or if the medication fails. This type of treatment has become increasingly popular and generally only takes between 10 and 15 minutes for your eye doctor to perform.
Finally, if medication and laser surgery both fail it will be necessary to have eye surgery. Your eye doctor will create a new drainage channel for the aqueous fluid to leave the eye.
If you suffer from glaucoma consult your eye doctor to determine that best method of treatment for your particular case.
If your vision has been affected or if you require eye care visit Cincinnati eye doctor, Charles Breen, ophthalmologist, at 7370 Turfway Rd. 3rd Floor, St. Elizabeth Medical Office Building, Florence, KY 41042.
This article is provided as an information resource and is not intended to replace advice from a qualified ophthalmologist. In all cases, contact your ophthalmologist for advice on any matter referenced in this document before making any decisions.