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Glaucoma is a common eye condition that affects the eye’s optic nerve (the nerve connecting the eyes to the brain) and gradually worsens vision. The condition occurs when the fluid builds up inside the eye and increases the eye pressure.
Glaucoma requires timely treatment, failing which the patient may suffer from blindness. Glaucoma happens slowly, so not many people can tell that their vision is changing. But as the condition worsens, the patient fails to see things clearly. The condition, without treatment, can lead to faster development of vision loss and cause permanent blindness. On the other hand, treatment can help restore vision loss and prevent the person from facing problems like vision loss or headaches.
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Pristyn Care is associated with some of the best eye hospitals for glaucoma surgery in India. All our associated clinics and eye hospitals are equipped with modern amenities and advanced medical infrastructure to ensure a smooth surgery experience.
Additionally, the following factors make Pristyn Care a coveted and trusted healthcare name for glaucoma treatment:
Typically, a regular eye examination is enough to diagnose and confirm the condition of glaucoma. However, for an accurate diagnosis, the eye specialist may recommend the following tests-
Depending on the results of these diagnostic tests and evaluations, the doctor will recommend the best glaucoma treatment method for the patient.
Glaucoma, if developed once, cannot be cured or reversed. But the progression of the condition can be managed by reducing eye pressure through various treatments. The best line of treatment is often determined after a thorough diagnosis of the condition and evaluating the severity of the condition. The treatment options are mentioned below:
The initial treatment for glaucoma is prescription eye drops. Commonly prescribed eye drops for glaucoma are:
Other eye drops for glaucoma include Carbonic anhydrase inhibitors, Rho kinase inhibitors, and miotic agents, which are quite beneficial.
Medicines for glaucoma treatment include Latanoprost (Xalatan), Travoprost (Travatan Z), Latanoprostene bunod (Vyzulta), Tafluprost (Zioptan), and Bimatoprost (Lumigan).
Different surgical methods for glaucoma treatment include:
Glaucoma surgery aims to reduce the intraocular pressure in the eyes. Although glaucoma surgery does not require strategic preparation, it is always best to prepare yourself for the surgery and know what to expect.
Recovery after glaucoma surgery is usually pain-free and simple. Most of the post-surgery recovery depends on the procedure and your expectations from the recovery period.
It is common for the patient to experience blurry vision in the operated eye immediately after the surgery. Other temporary side effects after glaucoma surgery are:
These side effects are not major and are likely to subside with medications and eye drops. Most people who have glaucoma surgery do not experience significant pain. If you feel pain in the eye, however, you should consult your eye doctor about the best options to relieve it.
Recovery from glaucoma surgery depends from person to person. Visual recovery in the case of minimally invasive surgeries is very short. Typically, the recovery time may range between a few days to a week. Most people can resume daily activities such as reading, watching TV or using phones, computers or other electronic devices within the first few days following surgery. Eye protection (a shield or glasses) prevents bumping or rubbing the eye for the first few days after the surgery.
Avoid the following for a couple of days after glaucoma surgery:
When it comes to surgical intervention for advanced glaucoma cases, the benefits typically outweigh the risks. However, here are some rare risks and complications involved in glaucoma surgery:
There is no medical treatment available yet that can cure glaucoma permanently. However, eye specialists can take specific measures to preserve vision if diagnosed early.
Eye drops used for glaucoma help to manage the condition by reducing eye pressure. These eye drops are prescribed to prevent eye pressure from damaging the optic nerve. They don’t serve as a cure for glaucoma or reverse vision loss.
Glaucoma cannot be cured, but the condition can be prevented from progressing. It usually develops slowly, and can take 15 years for untreated early-onset glaucoma to develop into blindness.
On an average, glaucoma takes around 10-15 years to advance from early damage to total blindness. The condition can be managed with non-surgical treatments for the initial years but once the condition worsens, treatment is likely to be the last effective treatment option.
The operated eyes may remain blurry for up to 6 weeks after surgery. As this goes away, your vision will probably be as good as it was before surgery.
Unfortunately, no. Any vision lost due to Glaucoma cannot be restored with current medical advancements.
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