At Price Vision Group in Indianapolis, our ophthalmologists specialize in the early detection and effective treatment of glaucoma. While we specialize in surgery, it is important to understand that the first (and typically the best) treatment for most individuals is prescription medication. Your doctor may prescribe either drops or pills, or a combination of the two, to effectively regulate the production and drainage of aqueous fluid in the eye. It is very important that medications are taken as prescribed in order to prevent damage that may threaten vision.
At this point there is no known cure for glaucoma, however there are many successful treatment options that can effectively control the pressure in your eyes and prevent any vision loss from occurring. But in order for this to happen, you must detect the disease early. If you haven’t had an eye exam in the last year, please contact us online or call us at (800) 317-3937 to schedule your appointment.
We are experienced at the detection and treatment of glaucoma, and the best way to assure yourself a lifetime of quality vision is with early detection of eye diseases through your routine examinations. Most people respond very well to medication which regulates intraocular pressure by lessening the production of fluid. While most people do not experience negative side effects from medication, some do, and some people require more aggressive treatment. Surgical treatments focus on opening up the tiny drainage system in the back of the eye that helps regulate flow of aqueous fluid, and pressure within the eye.
Our Indianapolis surgeons specialize in a simple procedure in which a laser is used to make very small, precise modifications that improve the flow of fluid through the drainage passageway. Although surgery is never the first option, this procedure is a common, minimally invasive treatment with little recovery needed and very low risk. It usually takes only about 15 minutes, and is a painless, outpatient procedure. In some cases, you may need to continue to use drops for optimal intraocular pressure.
If other treatments don’t work, your doctor can elect to perform a trabeculectomy, where he or she manually widens the drainage passageway. This procedure is more invasive than the laser procedure, and results in a longer, more involved recovery.
In this procedure, your surgeon inserts a small tube to keep the drainage passageway open. While extremely effective, it is the most invasive procedure and therefore usually the last resort.