Of all vision disorders and eye diseases, perhaps none is more debilitating and devastating than glaucoma. This is an eye disease that may eventually lead to vision loss in patients. As such, it's important to treat glaucoma early on in order to prevent vision loss as much as possible.
There are various treatment options for glaucoma. At Eye Doctors of Arizona, we have an ophthalmologist on hand to deliver treatment options and guidelines to help you with your glaucoma diagnosis. We're here to serve residents of Downtown Phoenix, AZ, North Phoenix, AZ, and Biltmore, AZ get the help they need to take control of their glaucoma.
What Is Glaucoma?
Glaucoma is an eye disease that is more common in people over the age of 60. Glaucoma is a disease that slowly kills and damages the optic nerve. The optic nerve is essential for transmitting visual information from the brain to the eyes.
Unfortunately, damage to the optic nerve is irreversible and will lead to total or partial vision loss. Glaucoma is caused by high eye pressure inside of the eye.
Other risk factors for glaucoma include:
- • Family history of glaucoma
- • Having diabetes
- • Having high blood pressure
- • Being over the age of 60
- • History of smoking
- • Using corticosteroid medications for a long period of time.
How Can Glaucoma Surgery Help?
Because glaucoma is caused from high-pressure in the eye, effective glaucoma surgery will need to open blocked pathways and allow tear ducts to flow freely. This can help reduce pressure inside of the eye, which can help glaucoma from progressing and leading to vision loss. There are several types of glaucoma surgery available, including:
- • Laser therapy which will open clogged channels inside of the mesh work of the eyes, allowing liquid to drain
- • Filtering surgery to remove the mesh work of the eye
- • Drainage tubes which are small tubes inserted in the eye that drains excess fluid from the eye
An eye doctor on our team will conduct follow-up exams to determine if the surgery was successful, and if you’ll need further care for your glaucoma.
Contact Us to Get Help for Glaucoma from an Ophthalmologist on Our Team
Glaucoma can be difficult to live with. However, you can get the help you need to restore your eye health and prevent total vision loss. Call Eye Doctors of Arizona today to see how we can help and schedule an appointment. Call us at (602) 257-8280. We serve Downtown Phoenix, AZ, North Phoenix, AZ, Biltmore, AZ, and the surrounding areas.