Eye Care Services: Glaucoma

The Latest Advancements in Treatment of Glaucoma

Select Eye Care’s physicians utilize new, advanced procedures for the treatment of glaucoma. Because glaucoma is a silent, progressive disease, it is crucial to manage and protect against loss of vision. Dr. Scott LaBorwit is Select Eye Care’s glaucoma specialist, and has over 12 years of experience with advanced fellowship training.

Select Eye Care’s Glaucoma Services

For many years drop therapy and invasive surgical intervention (trabeculectomy) were the only forms of treatment a patient was faced with after being diagnosed with glaucoma. Today, the physicians at Select Eye Care make the most of breakthrough technology to give patients better, safer treatment options. Discover the advancements in treatment that Select Eye Care can offer: Glaucoma Select Eyecare
Selective Laser Trabeculaplasty (SLT) – A clinically proven, safe and effective laser treatment to reduce intraocular pressure and allow the majority of patients to stop the use of glaucoma medications, thus eliminating side effects and monthly costs. The treatment is one time and takes only minutes, however, it may be repeated in the future if necessary. SLT is a medical procedure and covered under most insurance plans.

Endoscopic cyclo photocoagulation (ECP) – A procedure performed in conjunction with cataract surgery to eliminate the need for glaucoma drops. A small probe containing a camera and laser is inserted into the eye through an existing cataract incision. The laser destroys the cells that create fluid in the eye, thus lowering intraocular pressure. This procedure significantly reduces the need for glaucoma drops in most patients.

Canaloplasty – An innovative, non-penetrating approach for patients who aren’t ready for surgery. This procedure allows fluid to flow through the natural drainage canals of the eye. A catheter is placed in the existing natural drainage canal and cleans out the poorly functioning drain. As the catheter is removed, a solution is placed to create space within the drain to keep the drain open. This is an excellent safe alternative to trabeculectomy – an invasive surgery where a hole is created in the sclera (white part of the eye) to reroute eye fluid which, can not only have numerous side effects, but can have a 10% failure rate, thereby requiring further treatment.

Glaucoma Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

Causes
Glaucoma is a very common eye disorder affecting millions of Americans. It is caused by too much pressure on the inside of the eye. Fluid in your eyes helps to nourish and cleanse the inside of your eyes by constantly flowing in and out. When the fluid is prevented from flowing out, the intraocular pressure builds and damages the optic nerve. This causes a gradual loss in peripheral vision.

Symptoms
Those suffering from open-angle glaucoma experience a type of tunnel vision, where their field of vision gradually decreases. It can eventually lead to blindness. Narrow-angle glaucoma, which is rare, carries symptoms of sharp pain in the eyes, blurred vision, dilated pupils, and even nausea or vomiting. It can cause blindness in a matter of days, and requires immediate medical attention.

Risk Factors
Heredity seems to be a risk factor. Also, you may be at greater risk if you are over 45, of African descent, near-sighted, or diabetic. Finally, if you have used steroids or cortizone for a long period of time, or if you have suffered an eye injury in the past, you have a greater chance of developing glaucoma.

Treatment
While traditional treatment for glaucoma includes drop therapy or invasive surgical intervention, the doctors at Select Eye Care can now offer the latest advancements in treatment which are safe, effective alternatives providing more options for our patients as outlined above.

Recommended Link
Glaucoma Research Foundation