It is estimated that over 2.2 million Americans have glaucoma, but because glaucoma often has no early symptoms, only half of those know they have it. Unfortunately, it is also the leading cause of blindness. The good news is that glaucoma treatment has greatly evolved in the past 30 years giving patients many new treatment options, including surgical and non-surgical options.
There are several advantages of modern glaucoma surgical treatments. In fact, they are often considered safer than and just as effective in lowering intraocular pressure as traditional eye surgeries called trabeculectomy and tube shunt implantation. The iStent® uses special technology to improve fluid drainage and thereby balance intraocular pressure.
Another modern glaucoma treatment is the Canaloplasty. During this procedure a microcatheter is used to allow for better fluid drainage from the eye, reducing intraocular pressure.
Each patient’s eye care needs are different. The best way to find the right glaucoma treatment for you is to schedule an appointment with one of our Glaucoma Specialists. Dr. Nalini Madiwale is experienced with all the latest glaucoma treatments. Go to www.ophthalmicconsultants.com or call 777-2777 for more information.
And remember, no matter the treatment, early diagnosis is the best way to prevent vision loss from glaucoma. Make sure you have an annual comprehensive eye exam to test for glaucoma.