The Truth Behind Glaucoma Part 3: How Glaucoma Is Treated
So far in our three-part blog series on glaucoma, we have addressed the different types of glaucoma and how glaucoma is caused. To wrap up our blog series, we are going to discuss the most important thing for you to know about glaucoma: how it is treated. Read on to learn more about how Millennium Park Eye Center can help treat you and your glaucoma.
What’s the Goal In Treating Glaucoma?
Before we list the different types of treatment options that are available to treat your glaucoma, let’s discuss what the goal is. Because glaucoma causes the build-up of both fluid and pressure in the eye which can lead to blindness, the end goal when seeking a treatment option is to find something that will help drain the fluid and lower the internal eye pressure. There are two options to do this: medicated eye drops and surgical treatment.
- Medicated Eye Drops: As the most common form of treatment for glaucoma, many patients like the idea of using simple medicated eye drops because of its non-invasive treatment approach. Medicated eye drops work in two different ways. The first way is by improving the flow of fluid through the drainage angle of the eye to eliminate the excess amount of fluid. The second approach is to reduce the amount of clear fluid in between the lens and the cornea of the eye.
- Surgical Treatment: Another option, and one that we offer at Millennium Park Eye Center is to undergo surgical treatment to both reduce the pressure in the eyes and create a drainage system to help with the excess and problematic fluid.
As noted in this three-part blog series on glaucoma, this eye disease is something that can inflict people of all ages. And although glaucoma has some genetic links, it can also simply be caused by pressure and fluid build-up in the eyes. Luckily, here at Millennium Park Eye Center, we do everything that we can to ensure that all of our glaucoma patients get the treatment that they deserve. If you would like to learn more about glaucoma or any other eye related diseases, contact the experts at Millennium Park Eye Center today!