If a you are diagnosed with glaucoma, there are several treatments available.
- Prescription eye drops: Typically, your doctor will begin treatment of glaucoma with medicated eye drops. There are different types of medically prescribed topicals that can help treat your eye disease. If your eye doctor prescribes more than 1 type of eye drop make sure that you follow all specific instructions for applying each type of drop. Your doctor will discuss with you the best way to apply the medication(s) as well as the guidelines to follow for timeframes between each application.
- Oral medications: If eye drops are not as effective in controlling the treatment of your glaucoma, then often times your doctor will prescribe you a form of oral medication(s) to take along with your eye drops to help bring down your ocular pressure to a more sustainable level.
- Surgery: If topical and oral medications are intolerable or ineffective, then sometimes surgery is necessary.
- Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty (SLT): is a relatively new laser treatment for open angle glaucoma. The objective of the treatment is to help fluids drain out of the eye, reducing intra-ocular pressure that can cause damage to the optic nerve and loss of vision. The selective technique is much less traumatic to the eye than ALT, which has been the standard laser procedure.
If you have any concerns or questions regarding glaucoma or would like more information on glaucoma, please contact our office to set up an evaluation. Our Austin Glaucoma eye doctors are here to help you with a proper diagnosis and then prepare a proper treatment protocol.