First Steps with Glaucoma
If you are experiencing glaucoma symptoms, it is important to get an eye exam as soon as possible. It is also vital to get routine checkups so our eye doctor can catch the disease early on before it progresses. Typically, the onset of glaucoma tends to be gradual. If caught early enough, our eye doctor can prescribe medicated eye drops or other treatments that work to lower the pressure in your eye. During these treatments, it is necessary to get regular evaluations and follow up with our experts. While damage from glaucoma is not reversible, we can work to stop the disease from deteriorating your eyesight further. If the disease is more progressed and severe, our eye doctor may recommend more serious treatment methods.
Glaucoma Treatment Approaches
Aside from medicated eye drops, glaucoma treatments also include prescription medications. This approach uses medicine to drain fluid from the to reduce eye pressure. This in turn stops further damage to the optic nerve.
In other cases of glaucoma, you may need minimally invasive surgeries. Our eye doctor can provide injections that release medicine to lower the pressure in the eye. Other glaucoma treatments include laser eye surgery. This approach is suitable if eye drops or medications are not working to slow the progression of glaucoma. There are several laser surgeries that our eye doctor can perform. One method involves opening tissues in the eye called the trabecular meshwork to allow fluid to drain. Another method includes creating a small hole in the iris to allow fluid to drain and lower pressure.
Schedule an Appointment for Glaucoma Treatment
If you are experiencing symptoms of glaucoma, don’t wait to seek treatment. The earlier glaucoma can be identified and treated, the better the outcome will be. At Cape Fear Eye Associates, PA in Fayetteville, NC, our eye doctor regularly provides glaucoma treatments to patients. We will work with you to find the best method for preserving your vision. Our goal is to keep your eye health and vision at their best. Call us today to schedule an appointment or to learn more.