Glaucoma is a common eye disorder that affects the optic nerve. This problem is progressive in nature, meaning that it can get worse over time. The optic nerve suffers damage, which makes vision blurry and seeing objects and words increasingly difficult.
In many nations around the world, glaucoma is the leading cause of blindness because it often sneaks up on the patient and by the time it is diagnosed, it is too late to get treatment. It often affects elderly people and those with diabetes, and is more common in African-Americans than among any other race in the United States.
Fortunately, new breakthroughs in laser surgery have been developed to help stop the glaucoma from progressing. New methods have been developed that can also help the patient restore his or her sight to a normal level.
While glaucoma surgery involving lasers is a common way to help treat it, it should be duly noted that it does not completely cure it. In fact, laser surgery for glaucoma patients should be viewed as a temporary treatment instead of a complete cure.
The benefits, however, outweigh any cons and most people find that they can see much better after surgery and this lasts for many years. The process is simple and is usually performed on an outpatient basis, so the patient can go home the same day (with someone else driving them home).
In preparation for glaucoma surgery, the doctor may ask the patient to temporarily stop taking certain medications and refrain from eating or drinking at least a full 24 hours before the surgery is scheduled. A local anesthetic is administered, and no pain is felt during surgery. The laser surgery takes only a few minutes per eye, and there are little to no side effects.
For more information about glaucoma surgery, please refer to the following websites:
- Safe and Effective – Information about how laser surgery is both safe and effective for glaucoma patients.
- Glaucoma Basics – What people should know about glaucoma symptoms, causes, and basic treatment options.
- Glaucoma Research – Some research showing how laser surgery for glaucoma is effective.
- Don’t Lose Sign of Glaucoma – A few important questions and answers, with some emphasis on patients needing to keep up with their glaucoma.
- Tips on LASIK – This page offers some good tips for patients considering glaucoma or any other kind of laser based eye surgery.
- Glaucoma Surgery Developments – Watch this video about a new glaucoma surgery that is helping control this disorder.
- Glaucoma Microsurgery – Find out how microsurgery is faster and often better to help treat glaucoma patients.
- Trabectome – Yet another optional form of glaucoma surgery for patients to consider.
- Minimally Invasive Glaucoma Surgery Options – Here is some further information on a very minimally invasive type of surgery available.
- Blebs – Some important information for patients about a common symptom that can occur after glaucoma surgery.
- Implants – New, tiny implants are now being used to help glaucoma patients.
- Glaucoma Surgery Options – This page lists several different options for both cataracts and glaucoma.
- Glaucoma Resource Page – Some important information everyone should know about glaucoma.
- A New Glaucoma Solution – Find out how one University is working towards a new solution to the problem of glaucoma.
- CO2 Laser – This brief abstract discusses treating glaucoma with a CO2 laser.
- Facts About Glaucoma – Some questions and answers for those interested in learning more about glaucoma.
- Glaucoma Statistics –This simple website guides you through various facts and statistics about glaucoma.
- The Thief of Sight – Glaucoma is known as "the thief of sight." Get the facts here.
- Types of Glaucoma – This page explores the different types of glaucoma and what they consist of.
- Eye Care – The anatomy of the eye, eye disorders, care basics, and much more.