What is glaucoma?
A series of conditions that cause optic nerve damage. Often, the disease is associated with increased intraocular pressure (IOP). Without treatment, glaucoma causes gradual, permanent loss of sight.
In an eye with glaucoma, either the eye is making too much fluid or the fluid does not drain properly – causing a build up of intraocular pressure (IOP).
How is glaucoma diagnosed?
Early detection and treatment are key to controlling glaucoma and preventing blindness. A diagnosis of glaucoma is based on a thorough review of clinical history and examinations that may include a visual field test and an optic nerve assessment.
How is glaucoma treated?
Glaucoma treatments focus on lowering IOP either by reducing the production of fluid or by improving its outflow. This practice offers another therapy option called MicroPulse® Transscleral Cyclophotocoagulation (TSCPC).
MicroPulse TSCPC is a noninvasive therapy that does not require any incisions or implants. It can be performed in an office setting or in the operating room, as determined by the doctor. The procedure does not cause tissue damage, therefore the doctor may repeat it as needed for glaucoma management.
What should I expect before and after the procedure?
Prior to MicroPulse TSCPC, anesthesia is used to make patients comfortable while the doctor gently moves the MP3 probe above and below the iris during surgery.
Following the procedure, patients may wear a small eye patch for the rest of the day. Most patients do not experience pain after therapy. Any mild discomfort or redness in the eye that may be experienced typically goes away within a few days. Short term use of anti-inflammatory medicine is often prescribed to control inflammation.
Typically, IOP decreases a few weeks after the procedure. In time, it may be determined that MicroPulse TSCPC has reduced the need for glaucoma medications. However, it is important for glaucoma patients to maintain regular appointments with an eye care doctor for monitoring and treatment of the disease.
A few key facts about glaucoma.
1. Glaucoma is a leading cause of blindness
Glaucoma may cause blindness if it is left overlooked.
2. There is no cure for glaucoma
It is not repairable, vision lost cannot be reclaimed. With proper medication and/or surgery, it is likely to pause additional vision loss. Open-angle glaucoma is a chronic condition that needs to be monitored for the entirety of your life. Diagnosis is the first step to preserving your vision.
3. Everyone may be at risk for glaucoma
Everyone may be at risk for glaucoma. The elderly are at a higher risk for glaucoma, infants can be born with glaucoma.
4. There may be no symptoms to warn you
With open-angle glaucoma, there are nearly no symptoms. Loss starts with peripheral or side vision. You may not notice anything until substantial vision is lost. The best way to protect your eyesight is to get screened, often. Treatment can begin immediately.
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