Glaucoma is a degenerative disease that
if left untreated can cause permanent damage to the optic nerve
resulting in gradual vision loss and eventual blindness.
Damage to the optic nerve, due to glaucoma, is usually caused by an
elevated intraocular pressure (IOP). Clear fluid, called aqueous
humor circulates through the eye providing nourishment to the
tissues pressure to help maintain the shape of the eye.
Open Angle Glaucoma (OAG), occurs when there is an increase in fluid
production or a decrease in fluid drainage. Over time, as the optic
nerve fibers are destroyed, peripheral (side) vision is lost.
How Is Glaucoma
Regular and complete eye examinations are the best way to detect
Glaucoma. The tests are simple and painless. Our doctors will use
these tests to diagnose glaucoma and determine the best treatment
for the disease.
Treatment of Open Angle Glaucoma
The most common treatments for glaucoma have been the use of
medications (in the form of eye drops or pills), laser therapy or
Eye drops are commonly used to control glaucoma, however, they can
be very expensive, messy, and have unwanted side effects.
If non-surgical methods fail to decrease pressure, surgery may be
required to create a new drainage channel. Filtration surgeries are
designed to relieve eye pressure by removing tissue, inserting
implants in the eye, or a combination of both.
Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty (SLT)
SLT does not rely on medicines, instead, uses an advanced laser
system to target only specific cells of the eye—those containing
melanin, a natural pigment. This allows for only these cells to be
affected, leaving surrounding tissue intact. As a result, your
body’s own healing response helps lower the pressure in your eye.
Benefits of SLT
Safe: SLT is not associated with systemic side effects or the
compliance and cost issues of medications.
Selective: SLT utilizes selective photo-thermolysis to target only
specific cells, leaving the surrounding tissue intact.
Smart: SLT stimulates the body’s natural mechanisms to enhance
outflow of the fluid in your eye.
Sensible: SLT therapy is reimbursed by Medicare and many other
insurance providers, which minimizes your out-of-pocket expenses.
Vision loss from glaucoma is permanent but can usually be prevented
with early detection and treatment. Glaucoma management is usually a
lifelong process that requires frequent monitoring and constant