Glaucoma is a condition that affects the eyes and can lead to permanent vision loss if not treated. It is caused by increased pressure in the eyes, which damages the optic nerve. Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness in the United States and it affects more than 3 million Americans.
The Eye Center, P.A., located in South Carolina, provides comprehensive care for patients with glaucoma. The Eye Center offers a variety of treatments for glaucoma, including eye drops, laser therapy, surgery, and medications.
Eye drops are often used to reduce eye pressure and prevent damage to the optic nerve from glaucoma. These medications may be taken daily or several times a week depending on your individual needs. Laser therapy is another treatment option that can help reduce eye pressure by making small openings in the eye’s drainage system to allow fluid to flow more freely out of the eye. Surgery can also be used to reduce eye pressure by creating an artificial drainage system or removing part of the iris or cornea. Medications such as prostaglandin analogues may also be prescribed to reduce eye pressure and protect against further damage from glaucoma.
The Eye Center’s team of ophthalmologists are experienced in diagnosing and treating all types of glaucoma, including open-angle glaucoma (the most common form) and angle-closure glaucoma (which occurs when fluid is blocked from draining properly). They use advanced imaging technology such as optical coherence tomography (OCT) scans to detect any signs of damage to your optic nerve caused by high intraocular pressure (IOP). The Eye Center also offers advanced treatments such as selective laser trabeculoplasty (SLT), which uses a laser beam to target specific cells in your eye’s drainage system that are responsible for producing fluid buildup that can contribute to high IOP levels. SLT has been found to be effective at reducing intraocular pressure long-term without causing any major side effects or discomfort for patients undergoing treatment.
The Eye Center takes a comprehensive approach when treating their patients with glaucoma, offering personalized care plans tailored specifically for each patient’s individual needs and lifestyle habits. Their team will work closely with you throughout your treatment plan so you can understand all aspects of your condition and feel comfortable with their recommendations for care going forward.
If you think you may have glaucoma or have already been diagnosed with this condition, contact The Eye Center today for further information about diagnosis and treatment options available at their practice in South Carolina!