Understanding Your Glaucoma Treatment Options
Glaucoma can be successfully treated, but early detection is vital, which is why most eye care professionals check for glaucoma during regular eye exams.
Determining your best glaucoma treatment option begins by talking to your eye care professional, who can help you get a clear and specific understanding of your glaucoma treatment needs. Together, you’ll be able to come up with a plan to manage your condition. If you have been diagnosed with mild-to-moderate glaucoma, some treatment options your eye care professional may recommend include:
Prescription Eye Drops for Glaucoma
The most common treatment for high eye pressure and glaucoma is prescription eye drops. When taken as directed, glaucoma eye drops can reduce high eye pressure most commonly by decreasing the amount of fluid created or by helping fluid drain from the eye.
Your doctor may prescribe more than one type of medication to manage your glaucoma over time. Be sure to tell your eye care professional if you’re taking other medications that may interfere with glaucoma eye drop medications.
Laser Treatments for Glaucoma
There are several types of laser treatments available to treat glaucoma. Occasionally, laser surgery can help eliminate the need for glaucoma eye drops, however in many cases, patients will need to continue taking glaucoma medicines after the procedures.
The most common laser procedure is laser trabeculoplasty, which involves a high-intensity beam of light aimed through a lens and reflected onto the trabecular meshwork inside your eye. You may see flashes of bright green or red light as the laser makes several evenly-spaced burns that facilitate drainage of fluid through the meshwork.
Micro-Invasive Glaucoma Surgery (MIGS) with iStent inject® W
iStent inject® W—one of the smallest medical devices known to be implanted in the human body—is made of two tiny stents that are designed to restore your eye’s natural ability to drain fluid out of the eye to reduce glaucoma pressure. Designed for cataract patients with glaucoma, iStent inject® W is implanted at the time of cataract surgery. You won’t see or feel the stents after they are inserted, but they are designed to effectively manage your eye pressure. Proven to be safe and effective in clinical trials, Glaukos devices have been implanted in the eyes of patients around the world, with more patients benefiting from this technology every day.
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Help is right around the corner. Leading eye professionals across the country offer iStent inject® W for the treatment and control of eye pressure associated with mild-to-moderate open-angle glaucoma, and are available to answer your questions. Find out if you are a candidate for iStent inject® W by talking with an iStent inject® W physician in your area today.Find a Physician