A routine eye exam is the best way to protect yourself from glaucoma because symptoms usually do not appear until vision has been affected. An early diagnosis can help stop the progression of this eye condition and there are treatments available.
For many years drop therapy and invasive surgical intervention (trabeculectomy) were the only forms of treatment a patient was offered 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:
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.
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.