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Understanding Glaucoma Surgery: What To Expect

Glaucoma Surgery BlogGlaucoma is often called the "silent thief of sight" due to its subtle onset. It affects millions worldwide, causing gradual loss of vision. Understanding the treatments and detection methods is crucial in managing this condition effectively. 

If you’re concerned about your risks of glaucoma, contact Village Eye Centre in North Edmonton or Downtown Edmonton to schedule your appointment. 

Modern Treatments for Glaucoma

Glaucoma treatment aims to lower eye pressure to prevent damage to the optic nerve. Options include medication, such as eye drops or pills, laser treatments, and surgical procedures. The choice depends on the type and severity of glaucoma. Medications are often the first step, but if they're not effective, laser treatments or surgery may be recommended.

Detecting Glaucoma Early

Early detection of glaucoma is key to preventing vision loss. Screening involves measuring eye pressure, inspecting the drainage angle of the eye, assessing optic nerve damage, and testing the field of vision. Comprehensive eye exams are crucial, especially for those over 40 or with a family history of glaucoma.

Can Cataract Surgery Help Glaucoma?

Interestingly, cataract surgery has been shown to lower eye pressure in some patients with glaucoma. The procedure can improve the drainage of aqueous fluid and reduce pressure within the eye. However, the impact varies, and it's not a universal solution for all glaucoma patients. 

What to Expect After Glaucoma Laser Surgery

Post-surgery, patients may experience temporary discomfort or blurred vision, which typically resolves within a few hours to days. Most can resume normal activities the following day. 

It's important to follow up with your doctor to monitor eye pressure and ensure the success of the surgery. Patients will also need to continue with regular eye exams to manage their glaucoma over time.

Glaucoma management is a lifelong process that requires regular monitoring and treatment adjustments. If you or a loved one are navigating glaucoma, reach out to Village Eye Centre in Sherwood Park or Edmonton, AB. Our dedicated team offers the latest diagnostic and treatment options to help preserve your vision.