A 52-year-old member asked:
hi, how will i treat glaucoma.?
4 doctor answers
Dr. Ilan Cohen answered
24 years experience Ophthalmology
Drops/Lasers/Surgery: Depending on the type and severity of glaucoma that you have, the options for treatment include different eye drops, laser treatments and surgical options. The goal of all treatment modalities is to lower the eye pressure. Speak with your eye doctor to determine which treatment option is best for you.
Answered on Jun 12, 2014
Dr. William Goldstein answered
30 years experience Ophthalmology
Lots of options: Your doctor should offer laser and eye drop therapy, both are great options for controlling glaucoma. In most cases, either one will work for you, and you can decide based on risks and benefits as well as insurance costs. If the glaucoma is more advanced, the doctor may steer you one way or another. Surgery is usually reserved for severe cases where the other choices have failed.
Answered on Jul 5, 2012
Dr. George Tanaka answered
28 years experience Ophthalmology
It all depends: It depends on your diagnosis! ocular hypertension (high eye pressure without optic nerve damage) may not need treatment unless you have a very thin cornea. If you are a glaucoma suspect (suspicious optic nerves, family history of glaucoma, equivocal testing) observation may also be ok. True glaucoma (definite optic nerve damage with high or normal eye pressure) usually needs treatment.
Answered on May 9, 2014
Dr. Constance Okeke answered
20 years experience Ophthalmology
Follow-up: The good news is that if you've been recently diagnosed with early glaucoma that is the best time to be diagnosed. The earlier the diagnosis, the easier it is to treat. The best thing that you can do is follow your doctor's recommendations on the treatment method and continue to follow up as appropriate determined by your doctor. Communicate with your doctor at anytime if there's a problem.
Answered on May 15, 2015
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