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Frequently asked questions about Glaucoma – Part 2

Today, I want to let you know about exciting treatments for Glaucoma, available at Clinica London from Consultant Ophthalmologist Laura Crawley. For other frequently asked questions about glaucoma, click here.

If you are worried you may have glaucoma, you should seek the advice of a glaucoma specialist who will assess you, do special tests, and explain whether you have glaucoma.

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No, there are various types of glaucoma laser treatment, depending on the pathology. Frequent laser procedures include:

  • Selective trabeculoplasty
  • Iridotomy
  • Iridoplasty
  • Cyclophotocoagulation

Surgery is recommended when drug and/or laser treatments aren’t controlling the condition. Surgery is often advised in advanced cases; when there is fluctuating or unstable eye pressure. shutterstock_140368687

Filtration surgery (trabeculectomy), non-penetrating deep sclerectomy, or implanting a valve device, all aim to facilitate aqueous humour drainage and control the eye pressure.
There are new eye drop drug combinations applied once a day to enhance eye pressure control.
On the horizon are also slow release anti-glaucoma drugs. These are applied to the inner eyelid surface and they gradually release the glaucoma control drug over several days or weeks.
There are also exciting advances in drainage implants and for minimising surgical scarring.
Often, you don’t know. It is often detected by your optician by:

  • A high eye pressure reading
  • Changes in the appearance of the optic nerve
  • Or reduced visual field

If there is a family history of glaucoma, this is a strong risk factor.
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