What is the treatment of glaucoma?

Glaucoma treatment aims to control the intra-ocular pressure and halt glaucoma progression. It is important to understand that glaucoma cannot be cured and whatever damage has occurred to the optic nerve cannot be reversed. However, it is possible to maintain current vision (central and peripheral), so the patient will not develop further visual damage.

Various modalities of treatment are available today. These include:

  1. Eye drops – see Eyedrop glaucoma treatment
  2. Systemic medications (Tablets and endovenous medication) – see Systemic glaucoma treatment
  3. Laser surgery – see Laser glaucoma treatment
  4. Incisional surgery – see Glaucoma surgeries

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Important message for glaucoma patients

It is important for you to get yourself regularly screened for glaucoma. If you have been diagnosed to have glaucoma, effective treatment options are now available and regular treatment and follow up can help you to preserve your vision for your lifetime, avoiding unnecessary fear of going blind.

You can live happily with glaucoma and enjoy an excellent quality of life, particularly if the disease is detected early and treated in time. Always remember that once you have glaucoma, you will have to be under the care of an eye doctor for the rest of your life.

There is a lot of research going on and new treatments may become available for glaucoma in the near future.

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