Glaucoma is a progressive eye disease that affects the optic nerve. The optic nerve carries messages from the eye to the brain. At Cape Fear Eye Associates, PA, in Fayetteville, NC, your resource for ophthalmology services, we diagnose and treat glaucoma, including surgery. Surgery options help lower the pressure in the eyes and slow the damage progression. Here are some things to expect from glaucoma diagnosis, treatment, and surgery.
Benefits of Glaucoma Surgery
The main benefit of glaucoma surgery is reducing the pressure in the eyes. Glaucoma that is spotted early can prevent irreversible damage to the optic nerve. The main goal of surgery is to slow the advancement of the disease since there is not a cure for the damage caused by it. Many patients report a positive result from glaucoma surgery.
Preparing for Glaucoma Surgery
We like to prepare our patients in advance for surgery. You will need to arrange transportation to and from surgery. It's also possible that you will need to have a physical exam to ensure you are healthy enough for the surgery. An eye doctor from our team will complete a pre-operative evaluation with you to explain all the expectations leading up to surgery.
During Glaucoma Surgery
Glaucoma surgery involves making a small incision to drain the fluid and release pressure on the eyes. The surgery will typically take about one hour to complete. After surgery, there is mild discomfort, but it is usually manageable without pain medication. An eye doctor on our team will explain what to expect during the surgery so you are prepared.
After Glaucoma Surgery
The recovery time varies for each patient, but most of our patients heal within six weeks after surgery. You should stay home and relax after the first couple of days. Also, you should refrain from heavy lifting, exercise, or other strenuous activities. You can resume driving and other everyday activities after a few days.
It's important not to scratch or rub your eyes after surgery. It's normal to have some blurry vision or itchy sensations. It's also essential to follow the prescribed eye drops to avoid infection. We will schedule follow-up visits to ensure that you are healing correctly.
Contact Cape Fear Eye Associates in Fayetteville, NC, for Glaucoma Surgery
At Cape Fear Eye Associates, PA, we are ophthalmology specialists that take pride in glaucoma surgery. We treat patients in the Fayetteville, NC, area with all stages of glaucoma. Contact our office to learn more about glaucoma surgery, diagnosis, and treatment. Call us at (910) 484-2284 to book an appointment today.