DOES NEW TECHNOLOGY MEAN A CHANGE IN GLAUCOMA TREATMENT?
Dr. Jim Martin 09/09/2014
Glaucoma is a serious condition that is often overlooked in its early stages, but leads to irreversible optic nerve damage and is the second leading cause of blindness. By the year 2020, it is estimated that over 80 million people will suffer from glaucoma globally. These pressing facts have lead to a number of approaches in addressing this complex condition.
A routine eye examination is a vital first step in the diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma. Depending on your personal risk factors, an eye examination should be performed by a qualified optometrist once a year, or every two years. The testing should include:
- visual acuity
- visual field
- dilated eye exam
- tonometry - determines the intraocular pressure of the eyes
- automated visual field
- optical coherence tomography of the optic nerve
- pachymeter reading of the cornea
- optic nerve head photos
There are a number of methods to treat and manage glaucoma depending upon the type and severity of the condition. These may include:
- eye drops
- oral medications
- laser surgery
- micro eye surgery
- combination of these therapies
Micro Invasive Glaucoma Surgery, or MIGS, is a relatively new technique and device that allows the ophthalmologist to perform precision surgery to address the ocular complications associated with glaucoma. The exciting advancement of this therapy provides surgeons with a viable, direct surgical option for all levels of glaucoma rather than as last resort. This approach also has the added benefit of a combined treatment for people who also have cataracts.
The professionals at Broome Optical keep abreast of all the latest technology and techniques to provide exceptional eye care. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with glaucoma, or you suspect this condition may be an issue, do not hesitate to make an appointment for a thorough evaluation. Because at Broome Optical, we believe life is worth seeing.