Glaucoma

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The optic nerve transmits visual information to the brain. Glaucoma is a progressive eye disease that affects this nerve.

Most often, Glaucoma is diagnosed by taking measurment of the intraocular pressure of the eye (IOP) in conjunction with a complete exam of the optic nerve.

Opthamologist has aided numerous patients over the years with our variety of leading edge treatment of glaucoma.

A common name used to describe damage to the optic nerve – that may occur because of an abnormal rise in pressure in the eye is Glaucoma.

Glaucoma’s may be listed in two categories: Open angle glaucoma, or narrow angle glaucoma.

One of the therapies that often used at our practice is selective laser trabeculoplasty (SLT) therapy.

A “non destructive” laser – with minimal power – is used to treat the “drainage” system in the eye which improves the outflow and assists in relieving pressure on the eye and prevents damage to the iris and surrounding tissue. Often, patients can return to normal intraocular pressure with minimal or no medication at all.

Even though SLT is assumed to be the most compelling treatment for glaucoma, some patients who experience extreme glaucoma that can’t be regulated with medication and/or laser therapy, may need to use a drainage device. This device is implanted surgically and aids fluid evacuation from the eye, which relieves the pressure.

Our centre is one of the few Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) units in the country. The OCT is the most comprehensive method in managing glaucoma and measuring the optic nerve and the nerve fiber layer.

Currently, there are no cures for glaucoma so it’s important to get as early a diagnosis as possible to ensure fast and accurate treatment in order to preserve present level of vision.

Some of the treatments available are:

* Medications

* Laser Treatment

* Surgery

Our doctors work along side of you to make sure we create the best treatment for glaucoma as possible. Some of the options include: medications in the form of eye drops, minimally invasive laser therapy, eye surgery or the surgical implantation of glaucoma drainage devices.

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