Glaucoma treatment on Harley Street in London

  • Conditions Treated

    Peripheral vision / High intraocular pressure

  • Treatable Areas

    Eyes

  • Prices

    Contact us to discuss fees.

  • Practitioner

    Doctor

  • Downtime

    The patient can normally go back to normal activities the next day after the laser treatment, whereas surgery recovery time takes at least one month.

  • Your Specialist

Laura Crawley

Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon & Glaucoma Specialist

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Glaucoma

The Problem

Chronic glaucoma (also known as open angle glaucoma) is the most common chronic ophthalmological condition, and also one of the most common causes of treatable blindness in the world.

Chronic glaucoma is optic nerve damage associated with (in most patients) high intraocular pressure, amongst other things. Optic nerve damage has to be confirmed with visual field checks and other special techniques, such as the Heidelberg Retina Tomograph (HRT) or with Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) as high intraocular pressure alone does not constitute glaucoma.

Chronic glaucoma is more likely if there is family history of glaucoma and in patients over 40. The disease usually affects both eyes, and to differing degrees. It is asymptomatic until the last stages of the disease.

Other types of glaucoma exist, such as closed angle glaucoma, which are rarer and cause higher levels of eye pressure, usually symptomatic with pain and redness. This is rarer than chronic glaucoma.

Secondary glaucoma are even less common. They have obvious reasons for the rise. Those can be traumas, abnormal blood vessels growth inside the eye or the iris rubbing against the lens that lies close behind it.

In all cases of glaucoma an individualised treatment plan is necessary and is based on good clinical evidence.

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The Glaucoma Treatment

Chronic glaucoma treatment depends mainly on the degree of the condition:

The first step of the treatment is conservative, by using different drops to decrease the intraocular pressure. There are many different types of drops and different combinations that can be tried.

If the medical glaucoma treatment is not enough to keep the disease under control, some patients can benefit from a laser treatment (selective laser trabeculoplasty).

If the disease is progressing despite the medical treatments (not all the patients are suitable for laser), the last step is surgical treatment. The operations are varied; the surgeon will decide the best technique for each patient.

An ophthalmic surgeon can perform an operation called a trabeculectomy. Here, they make a small trap door in one of the layers of the eye to drain off higher pressure fluid. A surgeon commonly treats acute glaucoma by making a small laser hole in the iris to allow the fluid of the eye to drain fully.

The Results

The glaucoma treatment aims to reduce that pressure in the eye, even if it is within the normal range at the time it is diagnosed.

Product Range

Our product range includes:

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Video: Glaucoma explained

What our patients say

“From the moment I met her to the moment I left, I was treated with great courtesy and kindness, and everything was explained to me in layman’s terms so I could fully understand my condition. I was immensely impressed.”
Paul

The Highest Quality

We are accredited with the major private health and professional specialty bodies who have bestowed upon us the qualifications to carry out aesthetic and medical treatments at the highest levels of quality.

Frequently Asked Questions

Glaucoma Drops can cause some discomfort at first. But this feeling will normally last only a couple of seconds.

During all laser surgeries the eye is will be numbed. This means that no or only very little pain will occur.

Surgery brings normally a mild discomfort. If there is a real pain the surgeon should be contacted directly. Inflammation might occur for 1 – 2 months after the surgery. Therefore some medicine is usually applied during this period.

Laser Treatment takes normally between 10 – 15 minutes. The doctor will likely check the result 1 or 2 hours after the laser surgery.

The selective laser trabeculoplasty treatment takes less that 10 minutes per eye.

Surgery the surgery takes in most cases between 30 and 60 minutes.

Selective laser trabeculoplasty: It might take 1 – 3 months until the full result shows

The eye needs about 2 – 3 months until it is completely healed after the glaucoma operation.

Glaucoma Drops need to be take lifelong, the treatment cannot be stopped.

A successful selective laser trabeculoplasty will last between 1 and 5 years.