Glaucoma

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Dr. Sheth explains the symptoms, effects, and treatment options for glaucoma, a condition usually involving high intraocular pressure that damages the optic nerve. Though glaucoma is a leading cause of blindness, there are a number of treatment options available to you. Glaucoma patients at Sheth-Horsley Eye Center can receive treatment with prescription eye drops or laser surgery.

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1 00:00:11.760 --> 00:00:13.780 Glaucoma is a condition of the eye where 2 00:00:13.810 --> 00:00:18.820 the pressure of the eye is too high and causes damage to the optic nerve. 3 00:00:18.850 --> 00:00:21.180 When the optic nerve gets damaged, 4 00:00:21.210 --> 00:00:25.480 that causes disruption in a patient's vision, usually with their peripheral 5 00:00:25.510 --> 00:00:30.020 vision initially and over time, resulting in loss of central vision. 6 00:00:30.050 --> 00:00:35.020 It is one of the leading causes of blindness if undiagnosed. 7 00:00:35.050 --> 00:00:36.560 Once glaucoma is diagnosed, 8 00:00:36.590 --> 00:00:41.020 there are many good treatments that can preserve vision eye drops, 9 00:00:41.050 --> 00:00:46.360 lasers like SLT and migs or microincisional glaucoma surgery that can 10 00:00:46.390 --> 00:00:49.380 perform concomitantly with cataract surgery. 11 00:00:49.410 --> 00:00:54.580 So now at the time of cataract surgery, you have more options and the ability 12 00:00:54.610 --> 00:01:00.420 to often reduce eye drops, as most patients are usually initially 13 00:01:00.450 --> 00:01:03.300 treated with eye drops for glaucoma treatment. 14 00:01:03.330 --> 00:01:05.290 When a glaucoma patient is initially 15 00:01:05.320 --> 00:01:09.740 diagnosed with glaucoma, there are usually two types of treatments 16 00:01:09.770 --> 00:01:15.280 that are offered to the patient that is equal efficacy eyedrops and there are 17 00:01:15.310 --> 00:01:19.570 several different types of eye drops and laser. 18 00:01:19.600 --> 00:01:21.820 The laser that is currently used is called 19 00:01:21.850 --> 00:01:27.260 SLT, also called selective laser trabeculotomy. 20 00:01:27.290 --> 00:01:31.380 Both eyedrops and laser are usually 21 00:01:31.410 --> 00:01:36.420 utilized in the long term care of a glaucoma patient, 22 00:01:36.450 --> 00:01:42.340 whether they start with eye drops and have additional eye drops and or laser 23 00:01:42.370 --> 00:01:49.140 added over time, or they start with laser and additionally add eyedrops over time. 24 00:01:49.170 --> 00:01:53.900 Both are good options in the treatment of glaucoma. 25 00:01:53.930 --> 00:01:56.850 When a glaucoma patient 26 00:01:56.880 --> 00:02:00.020 is in need of cataract surgery at that time, 27 00:02:00.040 --> 00:02:03.760 there are additional treatments that can be done concomitantly with cataract 28 00:02:03.790 --> 00:02:08.380 surgery called migs microincignal glaucoma surgery. 29 00:02:08.410 --> 00:02:15.450 These additional surgeries often performed in five to ten minutes. 30 00:02:15.480 --> 00:02:18.580 Additional two cataract surgery can reduce 31 00:02:18.610 --> 00:02:24.260 or eliminate the need for eye drops over the life of the patient. 32 00:02:24.290 --> 00:02:27.780 Nowadays, patients really enjoy getting 33 00:02:27.810 --> 00:02:32.780 off their eye drops for those that have been on them prior to cataract surgery. 34 00:02:32.810 --> 00:02:34.580 And like cataract surgery, 35 00:02:34.610 --> 00:02:38.940 both SLT and migs are fully covered by your health insurance. 36 00:02:38.970 --> 00:02:44.580 If you'd like more information on glaucoma options, treatment, 37 00:02:44.610 --> 00:02:49.680 migs or SLT, please call my office and make an appointment.

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Sheth Horsley Eye Center

The ophthalmologists at Sheth Horsley Eye Center have been serving the community's eye care needs for over 50 years. Our doctors are members of various prestigious organizations, including:

  • American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • International Society of Refractive Surgery
  • American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
  • American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin

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