08th Jun, 2017

How Can a Retina Surgeon Help with Your Glaucoma?

Glaucoma is a serious eye condition that, if left untreated, may eventually lead to blindness. Therefore, it’s vital to get your eyes checked regularly so that any early symptoms can be caught. Glaucoma is irreversible, but when caught early enough can be effectively treated and vision can be saved. Our retina surgeons are highly skilled and able to detect and treat glaucoma at all stages.

What Is Glaucoma?

Glaucoma is an eye disease most common in people over 40 years old, although people of any age can develop it. It involves pressure on the eye that eventually leads to damage of the optic nerve. There are many types of glaucoma, but they all involve fluid buildup in the eye that causes pressure, which in turn damages the optic nerve.

While anyone can develop glaucoma, people at high risk for it include:

  • People over 40
  • Diabetics
  • Family history of glaucoma
  • African or Hispanic heritage

How to Treat Glaucoma

When caught early enough, glaucoma can often be treated effectively with special medicated eyedrops. These glaucoma eyedrops work in various ways, from relaxing the inner eye muscles to helping reduce fluid production or increase fluid outflow. Our eye doctors will prescribe the best type for you, and explain how to use them correctly.

While eyedrops are the first line of defense against glaucoma, in some cases, surgery is necessary. There are a variety of glaucoma surgeries, including laser surgery and traditional surgery. Generally, surgery for glaucoma is done one eye at a time. Our expert retina surgeons will work with you to determine the best treatment plan for your glaucoma.

Even if it is determined that you need surgery, you will very likely still need to use eyedrops afterwards. Glaucoma unfortunately cannot be completely cured, but regular use of medication can help slow its progression significantly.

Contact a Retina Surgeon Today

If you have glaucoma or think you may be at risk for it, don’t hesitate to contact our skilled retina surgeons at California Retina Associates in Chula Vista and El Centro. Call us today at 619-425-7755 (Chula Vista) or 760-352-7755 (El Centro) to schedule your eye exam or discuss glaucoma treatment options.

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