Glaucoma Treatment

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Glaucoma

Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness. This disease causes abnormally high levels of pressure inside the eye due to the eye being unable to regulate its own internal pressure. The optic nerve is the pathway that carries the images we see to the brain for interpretation, and if glaucoma is left untreated, it can destroy the optic nerve and lead to total loss of vision.

GlaucomaGlaucoma may be treated and controlled with proper medical care. Typically, those with glaucoma do not experience noticeable symptoms, so regular eye exams are important in identifying the disease early. With specialized testing, we at Callahan Eye Clinic can diagnose the condition and prevent vision loss from the disease. 

 

Testing For Glaucoma

At the Callahan Eye Clinic, we offer the following specialized testing for the detection and management of glaucoma:

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Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT)                          Visual Field Testing

 

Glaucoma Treatment

Medicated Eye Drops

Glaucoma is first treated with eye drops that lower the pressure in your eye. Your doctor will monitor your pressure regularly while you are on the drops. 95% of people are able to manage their disease with the use of drops only.

Laser

If drops do not manage your pressure effectively, the next step is to consider a laser procedure called a Peripheral Iridotomy. During this procedure, your doctor will make a small hole in the corner of your iris with the laser. This hole helps fluid drain from the angle better.

Surgery

If your glaucoma is uncontrolled after the above treatments and your drainage angle does not work properly, your doctor may recommend a Trabeculectomy surgery. During this surgery, your doctor creates a new drainage channel. He will cut a small flap in superior part of the sclera (white of the eye) and create a bubble, called a bleb, in the tissue surrounding the sclera that allows the fluid to drain from the eye. The bleb is made under the upper eyelid where it cannot be seen normally.

Trabeculectomy

Contact Your Birmingham, AL Glaucoma Specialist!

If you have glaucoma or a family history of glaucoma, it is important to have your eye pressure checked on a regular basis. Make an appointment today for a glaucoma evaluation with one of our doctors.