Prevent Further Vision Loss with Effective Glaucoma Treatment
Conservative treatments, including eye drops and oral medications, can be used by patients with earlier stages of glaucoma to control the amount of fluid present in the eye and improve the outward flow.
Innovative Laser Surgery
For intermediate cases, laser procedures can provide results and require less recovery time than surgery. Due to increased precision and gentler methods, a laser causes less trauma to the tissues and minimizes bleeding.
Surgical Procedures for Severe Cases
There are several surgical procedures which can reduce intraocular pressure (IOP) and protect your vision. Surgery can alleviate drainage issues by manually creating a new path or using an implant to work around the blockages in the eye.
The idea of losing your sight can be scary, but...
You Have Options for Protecting Your Vision
*Cited from the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health
Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness. However, with advancements in treatment, the probability of blindness due to glaucoma has decreased by nearly half since 1980. Selective laser trabeculoplasty (SLT) and argon laser trabeculoplasty (ALT) can provide a significant reduction in intraocular pressure (IOP). Many patients are also able to control glaucoma with eye drops and oral medications, but this treatment is heavily dependent on compliance.
Surgery sounds expensive...
I've Been Using Medication for Years. Why Should I Pay for Surgery Now?
If your doctor determines that you are a candidate for glaucoma surgery, it could actually save you money. The national average cost of laser eye surgery starts around $1,300. It is estimated that medication alone can cost up to $1,750 per year. The benefits of laser surgery can last for several years, resulting in significantly lower overall cost. On average, incisional surgery costs between $7,300 to $11,300. However, this procedure may provide even longer-lasting results.
Take a look at how glaucoma affects your eye...
Does Your Condition Warrant Surgery?
Severity of Glaucoma:
Surgery is typically recommended for patients with moderate to severe glaucoma.
Many individuals, especially younger patients who face the threat of serious damage due to glaucoma, can benefit from surgery. However, it is important to keep in mind that older patients who may not see significant progression in the near future may not be considered good candidates.
Ability to Sustain Medication Costs:
Depending on your medication and realistic duration of use, surgery may be a better choice financially.
Patients should be in overall good physical health before undergoing surgery.
Ability to Cope with Side Effects of Medication:
Medications affect everyone differently and may impose significant side effects that can be unsustainable for some patients.
Your doctor will evaluate your candidacy to determine which method of glaucoma treatment will best suit you.
Your doctor can help you control your condition.
Effective Management of Glaucoma Is Possible with the Right Treatment
Early diagnosis is key to effectively managing your condition. It is also essential that you seek immediate treatment as the damage caused by glaucoma cannot be reversed. Most doctors first recommend conservative treatment options, such as medications. However, surgery may be a better option for patients who do not see results from medications and face significant vision impairment.
If you're experiencing glaucoma symptoms or have neglected recent eye exams, contact your doctor to schedule an evaluation. Timely treatment can help control your condition and protect the future of your vision.
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