Glaucoma, which causes damage to the optic nerve, is considered to be the second leading cause of blindness in the world today. Open angle and narrow angle glaucoma are the two major forms of this disease. The treatment may be offered by an experienced eye surgeon with expertise in this area.
Dr. Jennifer Hui is a board certified ophthalmologist and a fully trained eyelid surgery expert providing a wide range of eye treatments and cosmetic surgery procedures to patients in Palm Springs, Palm Desert, La Quinta, Coachella Valley, Riverside, Redlands, Yucaipa, Loma Linda, and surrounding locations.
Various treatment approaches are available to address glaucoma. Glaucoma drops may be prescribed to reduce eye pressure. If the eye doctor prescribes more than one type of glaucoma drop, there should be a gap of at least five minutes between them. Laser surgery may also be used in some cases to treat glaucoma. As long as eye pressure is controlled, it is possible to slow the progression of glaucoma and preserve vision.
The patient must take the prescribed drugs regularly and precisely in order to control the eye pressure. The eye doctor should know all medications that the patient may be currently using so that there is no drug interference with the glaucoma eye drops.
To minimize the drug absorption into the bloodstream and maximize the amount of medication absorbed in the affected eye, the patient should close the eye for one to two minutes following the administering of the drops. The index finger can pressed lightly against the inferior nasal corner of the eyelid to shut the tear duct which drains into the nose.
In some cases, pills may be prescribed in addition to drops. The pills are designed to turn down the eye’s faucet and mitigate the fluid production. These oral medications are usually taken two to four times daily. The prescribing eye doctor should know about other medications that the patient may be taking to avoid adverse drug interactions.
Dedicated oculoplastic surgeon Dr. Hui receives patients from Palm Springs, Palm Desert, La Quinta, Coachella Valley, Riverside, Redlands, Yucaipa, Loma Linda, and nearby areas for glaucoma treatment.
Over the years, laser surgery has emerged as a popular option against traditional surgery to treat glaucoma. Open angle glaucoma is commonly treated with a surgery called trabeculoplasty. This procedure can be completed in less than 15 minutes. It is painless and may be performed at the surgeon’s office or an outpatient facility.
The surgeon will focus the targeted laser beam on the eye’s drain. The laser heat will change the eye’s drainage system in a subtle manner so that the aqueous fluid is able to pass more smoothly out of the drain. This enables the lowering of eye pressure.
With this procedure, many patients respond well enough to avoid traditional surgery. Medications may have to be continued for some time after the treatment. Complications with laser surgery are minimal, which is a major reason for the growing popularity of this treatment option for glaucoma.
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