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How Glaucoma Is Treated

Have you ever wondered why you have blind spots on your peripheral vision as if you are only looking into a tunnel? This is a symptom of an eye condition called glaucoma. Since they are only found on the field of our outer vision, this condition usually goes unnoticed. But you don’t have to wait until you have lost your vision before getting treatment.

Eye drops

Eye drops are commonly used to treat glaucoma. It is important to follow specific instructions while taking this medication.

  • Since this controls your eye pressure, regular and exact maintenance of this medication must be initiated.
  • When eye drops are applied, the solution can be absorbed into the bloodstream. Since this is a possibility, make your doctor aware of every current medication you are taking as this may cause drug-to-drug interactions with the eye drops.
  • Maximize the absorption of the drug into the eye by closing your eyes for a minute or two after the administration of the drops. You then lightly press a finger into the eyelid’s inferior nasal corner. This closes the tear duct that allows drainage into the nose.

Laser surgery

The most common laser surgery for the treatment of open-angle glaucoma is trabeculoplasty. This surgery only takes 10 to 15 minutes and does not cause discomfort. It involves the use of a high energy beam light or a laser to manipulate the eye’s drainage system, helping aqueous fluid to easily pass out of the drain and lowering intraocular pressure in the process.

To learn more about the different glaucoma treatments available and to know which one suits you best, give us a call at 701-235-5200 and schedule your personal consultation with Dr. Thom. We look forward to hearing from you!

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