All treatments and procedures are effective. If medication or laser surgery doesn’t help, then the patient needs to have regular type surgery.
Medication is more effective and easier for patients to use. Laser procedures are easier to use, and the treatments are much better than they used to be.
Diagnosis technology such as peripheral vision tests and tests to measure the optic nerve at the back of the eye have improved greatly. There are new tonometers now, non-contact tonometers. The technology in our Center is state-of-the-art. The way we image the optic nerve nowadays is much more accurate and even the peripheral vision test is much more precise than it used to be years ago.
The glaucoma surgery procedures that we do here at the New Jersey Eye Center in Bergenfield normally take 5-10 minutes, and are painless. The eye is anaesthetised during surgery, which lasts 20 to 30 minutes.
The first step is normally medication, but, if the patient is allergic to the medication, laser surgery is used. When all other treatments have failed, traditional surgery may be resorted to, but this has more side effects and the healing process may take longer.
Are there any underlying ailments that give rise to glaucoma?
Glaucoma is not related to other ailments such as neurological problems or high blood pressure. Diabetes can cause other problems, but not usually glaucoma.
One of the little known facts about glaucoma is that it is more common in African-Americans, Hispanics and people with a family history of glaucoma.