Glaucoma — Early prevention is the key to life-long vision.

     Glaucoma is a specific pattern of diseases that damage the optic nerve, which carries the images we see to the brain. For many people, surgery may be the best treatment for their glaucoma. There are several different types of surgery for glaucoma. The kind of surgery that is right for you will be determined by you and your doctor after considering a number of factors, including the type and severity of glaucoma, overall health, and other eye conditions. Depending on the type of surgery you and your doctor decide

upon, it may be performed with either a laser or conventional surgical procedure.

Laser Surgery

The laser can be used when treating glaucoma. Trabeculoplasty is used most often to treat open-angle glaucoma. In this procedure, a laser is used to treat the drainage area of the eye, known as the trabecular meshwork.  This causes less resistance of the drainage pathways and makes it easier for aqueous (fluid that is produced and circulates inside

the eye) to leave the eye. Iridotomy is frequently used to treat angle-closure glaucoma. An iridotomy is also recommended in patients who have been diagnosed with narrow angles to help reduced the risk of acute angle closure. In this procedure, the surgeon uses the laser to make a small hole in the iris, which allows the aqueous to flow more freely within the eye and through the trabecular meshwork.

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