La Mesa Glaucoma Treatment
If you have been diagnosed with glaucoma, it is imperative that you find a trusted team to handle the care and management of your case. There is currently no cure for glaucoma, but there are plenty of ways to control it. With the help of the La Mesa glaucoma treatment team at California Retina Associates, it is possible to prevent glaucoma from advancing and eventually stealing your sight. Don’t let the disease known as the “Silent Thief of Sight” affect your vision or your quality of life.
Common Treatments for Glaucoma
One of the mainstays in open-angle glaucoma treatment is medicated eyedrops. There are many different eyedrop types and brands, and our eye doctors will work with you to find the best option for your case. Sometimes we recommend using two types of drops in combination with each other. Some glaucoma eyedrops are intended to decrease the amount of aqueous fluid the eye produces, while others are intended to improve the way fluid exits the eye. Some eyedrops do both simultaneously! Glaucoma eyedrops are typically used indefinitely to control the disease and prevent its progression.
If we cannot properly manage glaucoma with eyedrops alone, or you cannot tolerate eyedrops because of side effects, our La Mesa glaucoma treatment team may recommend a laser surgery procedure or traditional incisional procedure. There are special uses, pros and cons to each option, all of which we will discuss with you in consultation.
Laser glaucoma surgery involves using a special delicate laser to clear the obstruction that prevents aqueous fluid from exiting the eye. In a procedure called selective laser trabeculoplasty, or SLT, the laser is aimed at the drainage angle, or the junction of the cornea (the clear covering of the eye) and the iris (the colored part of the eye) with the goal of increasing the outflow of aqueous fluid from the eye. But laser surgery is not always suitable for every case; in that scenario, we may recommend traditional incisional surgery.
Traditional incisional surgery is performed through tiny incisions in the eye using conventional surgical instruments. With trabeculectomy or trabeculotomy, we make an incision in the drainage angle to increase the amount of fluid that exits the eye. In iridectomy, we remove a small piece of the iris to improve the outflow of fluid.
We can also place a shunt or stent device into the eye that diverts fluid from the inside of the eye to a reservoir. The shunts and stents being used in glaucoma surgery are continually improving with modern advances in technology.
Your glaucoma treatment plan will depend on the type of glaucoma you have and the severity of your case.
Glaucoma Treatment Santee, El Cajon, and Spring Valley
California Retina Associates has an office location in La Mesa near Grossmont Center, conveniently serving all surrounding areas:
- Lake Murray
- Rolando Park
- Allied Gardens
- Lemon Grove
- Fletcher Hills
- El Cajon
- Mount Helix
- Del Cerro
- College Area
- Spring Valley
- Rancho San Diego
- Casa De Oro
- San Carlos
- Granite Hills
- Mission Trails
To find out more about your glaucoma treatment options, please call our La Mesa office at 619.425.7755 today.