How is glaucoma treated?
Glaucoma Treatment Overview
Most patients who have open angle glaucoma will be offered treatment with drops initially. Provided these are successful, this may be the only type of treatment necessary.
There are a number of different types of drops available, all have different advantages and disadvantages. I will discuss which drops are most suitable for you, if you need them.
For a small number of patients, surgical treatment becomes necessary when drops are not effective enough to control the eye pressure. There are a number of different ways of controlling the pressure surgically. I will discuss the best way with you if surgery is appropriate.
Laser treatment can be used to create a small hole in the iris, known as a Peripheral Iridotomy, in eyes at risk of closed angle glaucoma.
Laser can also be used to directly affect the drain of the eye, or to reduce the amount of fluid the eye produces.