Glaucoma is the term for when the pressure inside the eye rises high enough to damage the optic nerve. The condition often develops over many years without causing pain – so you may not experience vision loss until the disease has progressed. Glaucoma cannot be prevented, and vision lost to it cannot be restored. Left untreated, glaucoma can cause blindness. For these reasons, regular eye exams and early detection are critical.
Most cases of glaucoma can be treated with medications. For others, laser or traditional surgery is required to lower eye pressure.
Common surgeries include:
- Laser Peripheral Iridotomy (LPI)
- Argon Laser Trabeculoplasty (ALT) and Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty (SLT)
- Nd:YAG Laser Cyclophotocoagulation (YAG CP)
- Filtering Microsurgery (Trabeculectomy)
- Tube Shunt Surgery