Glaucoma is a condition that involves a buildup of fluid pressure within your eyes. If this pressure becomes too pronounced, it can damage your optic nerve, potentially threatening your vision. The goal of glaucoma treatment is therefore to lower the intraocular pressure in your eyes. Glaucoma cannot be strictly cured, but through early intervention and regular treatment, you can control your condition and prevent vision loss.

    Some of the most common glaucoma treatment methods include:

    • Eyedrops – There are several different types of medicated eyedrops that are used to treat glaucoma. Some of them improve fluid drainage in your eyes, while others lower the amount of fluid your eyes produce.
    • Laser trabeculoplasty – If eyedrops prove ineffective, a procedure called laser trabeculoplasty can be used to treat open-angle glaucoma. A high-energy laser is used to open up clogged drainage canals, helping fluid drain more efficiently from your eyes.
    • Glaucoma surgery – Silverstein Eye Centers is at the cutting edge of modern glaucoma surgery, using micro-incisional techniques to improve healing and lower the risk of complications. In fact, we participate in studies for FDA approval of these new minimally-invasive glaucoma procedures.
    • Drainage implants – If you have advanced or secondary glaucoma, and glaucoma surgery is not an option, drainage implant devices may be used to help drain fluid from your eye, thereby reducing your intraocular pressure.

    If you have further questions about glaucoma treatment, please contact Silverstein Eye Centers today to schedule your initial consultation with one of our experienced Kansas City glaucoma doctors.

    Posted April 25, 2013 by Silverstein Eye Centers
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