Glaucoma is a general term used to describe a group of conditions that cause damage to the optic nerve. In most cases, the cause of damage is due to build-up of aqueous humor, the fluid in the eye. When the aqueous humor doesn’t drain properly, the addition of new fluid causes an increase in pressure in the eye. This pressure damages the optic nerve. The optic nerve is responsible for sending light messages to the brain so you can see.How To Treat Glaucoma
Left untreated, glaucoma can quickly lead to permanent vision loss or blindness. While there is no cure for glaucoma nor a treatment to restore vision, there are treatments designed to manage the disease. They can be used as a single treatment option or in combination to reduce the pressure in the eye and avoid damage to the optic nerve.
The most popular laser surgery is selective laser trabeculoplasty (SLT). During glaucoma laser surgery, a laser will be aimed at a contact lens in front of your eye. This procedure is intended to release some of the built-up fluid and relieves pressure.
Some patients might be suffering from narrow-angle glaucoma. This is when your cornea and iris are too close together. Your eye fluids are unable to drain out of your eye because the angle drain inside the eye is restricted.
Laser peripheral iridotomy (LPI) can fix that. Your eye doctor will use a laser to make a small hole in your iris. The tiny opening gives your eye fluid another path to drain out of, reducing your symptoms of glaucoma.
Cyclophotocoagulation is another laser treatment option that targets the part of your eye that produces fluid. As the laser hits that part of your eye, it starts to shrink. Your eye will produce less fluid, reducing the amount of pressure you’re experiencing.
Glaucoma surgery is designed to treat glaucoma; it cannot cure it or improve your sight, but it can prevent further vision loss. The procedure’s goal is to reduce the amount of fluid build-up and ease pressure in the eye. Glaucoma specialists will recommend surgery when other options have not been successful.
If you’re looking for the best glaucoma specialist in Allentown and surrounding areas, look no further than Lehigh Eye Specialists. Our glaucoma specialist, Dr. Tricia Lennox Thomas, is board-certified and fellowship-trained; she specializes in the diagnosis, medical treatment, and surgical treatment of glaucoma. Dr. Thomas excels at educating her patients and creating individualized treatment plans using medications, lasers, and surgery.
If you have been referred to Lehigh Eye Specialists for glaucoma treatment, we invite you to meet Dr. Thomas prior to your appointment. Our Patient Portal page will also help you prepare for your visit.Patient Resources
Our glaucoma specialist, Dr. Tricia Lennox Thomas, provides clients with unparalleled care. With her skill and compassion, she excels at educating her patients and giving them the most effective plan for managing the care of their eyes.About Dr. Thomas About Our Practice