What happens when you have glaucoma? This eye disease damages the optic nerve, which can lead to irreversible blindness if left untreated. Sometimes called “the silent thief of sight” because it’s typically asymptomatic in the early stages, glaucoma affects roughly three million people in the U.S.
Read on as we discuss glaucoma treatment methods.
At first, your eye specialist will recommend prescription eye drops. This medication will help regulate fluid levels in your eyes to reduce intraocular pressure (IOP). Prescription eye drops often consist of prostaglandins, beta blockers, alpha-adrenergic agonists and miotic agents.
To maximize the amount of drug absorbed in the eye, close your eyes for one to two minutes after administering the drops. Press your index finger lightly against the inferior nasal corner of your eyelid to close the tear duct. You may feel slight discomfort, but it should only last for a few seconds.
Laser and Traditional Surgery
Your eye doctor may also suggest laser or traditional surgery. Laser surgery involves a laser beam, which changes the eye’s drainage system. This procedure usually lasts for up to 10 to 15 minutes and is typically painless. Conventional surgery, on the other hand, may be the best option if a patient does not respond to medications or laser therapy. The surgeon will create a passage in the white part of the eye for draining excess eye fluid.
Keeping Your Eyes Healthy
People with glaucoma should keep their eyes clean and free of irritants. Rubbing the eyes should also be avoided, even when they feel itchy. It’s also important to maintain a healthy diet and to exercise regularly.
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