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One of the first lines of treatment for glaucoma is medication, usually in the form of eye drops. The goal of medication is to drain the excess eye fluid and lower Intraocular Pressure. Medication is generally very effective in preventing further vision loss from glaucoma as long as patients comply with the prescriptions and make sure to take their doses regularly.
Using precise laser technology, fluid from the eye is drained through openings that are as small as 50 micrometres. This lowers the IOP and is an effective treatment for glaucoma. Laser therapies such as cyclophotocoagulation can also reduce fluid production to prevent another build-up of fluid. Skipper Eye-Q offers bladeless and painless laser treatments for Glaucoma.
Microsurgery involves a procedure known as Trabeculectomy. A small flap is made in the sclera of the eyes to allow for fluid drainage. This eases pressure in the eye. Additionally, drainage valves can be implanted to enable pressure regulation. Skipper Eye-Q is equipped with the latest in valve technology as well as surgical equipment to ensure that your Glaucoma surgery is completely safe, comfortable, and as pain-free as possible.
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What is Glaucoma?
Glaucoma is an eye disease in which the optic nerve is damaged, causing permanent vision loss. Most commonly, the damage occurs when your eye’s internal fluid pressure rises too high. The increased pressure is usually due to inadequate drainage of fluid normally produced in your eyes. However, some people can experience optic nerve damage even if their eye pressure is normal.
What is the best way to prevent vision loss from Glaucoma?
The best way to prevent vision loss from Glaucoma is to go for regular check-ups and consultations with eye specialists. We offer comprehensive check-up services that include examinations that can help catch Glaucoma early.
I have recently heard about glaucoma. Is it a common disease?
Glaucoma is one of the most common causes of irreversible blindness in the world, and India has one of the highest numbers of glaucoma patients. Over 40 million of the estimated 309 million population aged 40 years or older in India either have glaucoma or are at risk of developing the disease.
What are the early symptoms of glaucoma?
Unfortunately, there are no early symptoms in glaucoma in the vast majority of patients. This makes the disease very dangerous, and many patients lose their vision merely due to the lack of regular check-ups. That is why it is particularly important to get yearly eye check-ups, especially after the age of 40 years. It becomes even more important if you have risk factors for glaucoma.
Some aggressive forms of glaucoma can cause a sudden diminution of vision associated with pain, redness, and coloured haloes.
What are the risk factors for developing glaucoma?
The common risk factors for developing glaucoma are:
- Family history of glaucoma
- High refractive error (Myopia/Hypermetropia)
- Age > 40 years
- Comorbidities like Diabetes and Hypertension
- History of eye trauma
- Use of steroids in any form (Oral, inhalational, topical)
My father has glaucoma. How likely am I to get it too?
The probability that you will get glaucoma if your parent(s) have it is still low, but it is greater than the general population. Even if you do not have any vision or eye-related problems you should get a yearly eye check-up.
Will I go blind from glaucoma?
If diagnosed at an early stage, glaucoma can often be controlled with little or no further vision loss. If left untreated, then first peripheral vision and then central vision will be affected, and blindness may result.
How is glaucoma detected?
A comprehensive eye examination will include tests for glaucoma. A simple, painless procedure called tonometry measures the internal pressure of your eye. Your doctor will also check the health of your optic nerve and perform a routine examination called gonioscopy if required. Specialized tests like visual field analysis and optical coherence tomography are also available for detecting glaucoma and for follow-up cases.
How is Glaucoma treated?
Glaucoma treatment includes medications in the form of eye drops and tablets (in certain cases), lasers, and surgery. The majority of patients can be managed conservatively with lasers and eye drops. However, in advanced and aggressive cases, surgery may be warranted.
I have been told that glaucoma surgery is not successful. Will I lose my vision after glaucoma surgery?
Regretably, there are many myths and misconceptions associated with glaucoma management in our society. Many types of glaucoma surgeries are now available with excellent results. The cases where surgery is warranted are at a much greater risk of losing vision due to the progression of glaucomatous damage than due to the surgery per se. That said, any surgery has its own set of risks, and hence, a risk to benefit ratio is always carefully evaluated by the doctor before advising surgery.
Will my vision be restored after treatment?
Unfortunately, any vision loss as a result of glaucoma usually cannot be restored. This is why regular preventive eye examinations are so important. Treatment is usually administered to maintain the remaining level of vision and prevent any further vision deterioration. Low-vision rehabilitation services, which include the use of specialized optical devices and training, may benefit people with severe vision loss from glaucoma.
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I was completely satisfied with my experience at Skipper Eye-Q. The staff and the doctors were very kind and professional. Their personal counselling and explanation reassured me that I was getting the best treatment and to go ahead with surgery. Thank you so much for saving my vision!
Thanks to a routine check-up at Skipper Eye-Q, the doctor was able to diagnose my Glaucoma before things got worse. They put me on a course of medicines, and I can already see them helping. I’m glad to have chosen this hospital.
The treatment at Skipper Eye-Q is completely worth it. With amazing staff and affordable costs, you can trust them to take care of your eyesight.