Glaucoma Treatment

Rittenhouse Eye Associates

Glaucoma

The Leading Cause of Blindness

Glaucoma is a leading cause of blindness, affecting about 3 million Americans per year, but half of them don’t know it. That’s because glaucoma often has no symptoms at first. Thanks to advanced medical equipment, we can diagnose glaucoma and treat it in its early stages. There are two types of glaucoma: Open angle glaucoma the most common type in the US, and Narrow angle glaucoma.

Narrow Angle Glaucoma

Although seen more commonly in Asian countries, this type of glaucoma is still prevalent in Americans and can present with no symptoms or dramatically as a narrow angle attack characterized by severe eye pain, headache and blurred vision.

Laser PI

Laser Peripheral Iridectomy (laser PI) is the main treatment for narrow angle glaucoma. It is usually done preventatively to reduce the chance of a narrow angle attack. At Rittenhouse Eye Associates, we have the latest lasers to perform this procedure right in the office .

Open Angle Glaucoma

Open angle glaucoma is usually caused by trouble with the drainage system in the eye. This causes fluid pressure in the eye to increase, damaging the optic nerve, the nerve between the eye and the brain. Open angle glaucoma initially has no symptoms and can be caught in the early stages only during an eye exam. We have the latest technology at Rittenhouse Eye Associates to catch glaucoma early . Control of eye pressure is the mainstay of therapy. Pressure may be controlled by the latest pharmaceutical eye drops, laser treatment or filtering surgery.

Laser SLT

Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty (SLT) is the latest laser procedure to treat open angle glaucoma. It can be used with or as an alternative to glaucoma eye drops. It is performed right in our office. The procedure is performed in minutes and usually has minimal to no pain.

Express Shunt

Medications and laser surgeries may not be enough to control glaucoma for some patients. We therefore, may recommend filtration surgery, the most traditional form being Trabeculectomy. We now offer the Express Shunt as an adjunct to Trabeculectomy filtering surgery.

I-Stent

Patients who need cataract surgery but also have mild to moderate open angle glaucoma may benefit from I-stent implantation at the time of their cataract surgery. This may result in a reduction in the number of glaucoma drops needed postoperatlvely.

To learn more about glaucoma treatment options schedule an appointment with one of the doctors at Rittenhouse Eye associates today.

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