Although there is no medical cure for glaucoma, the condition can be treated and managed to help slow vision loss and preserve your vision. The earlier your condition is diagnosed the more effective treatment will be.
Dr. Michael P. Pennachio at Pennachio Eye offers the following glaucoma treatment options to reduce eye pressure:
- Medicated eye drops
- Laser trabeculoplasty
- Laser peripheral iridotomy
- Oral medications
Medicated Eye Drops
There are a variety of medicated eye drops that can be prescribed to decrease eye pressure. Dr. Pennachio may prescribe drops that increase the outflow of fluid, reduce the production of fluid or drops that achieve both.
Laser energy is used to clear blocked channels in the trabecular meshwork. Specific cells are treated during the process. The results are not instant; it may take 1-3 months for eye pressure to lower.
Laser Peripheral Iridotomy
A laser is used to create a small hole on the outer edge of the iris for fluid release. This can be used as a preventative measure for people with narrow drainage areas in the eye or to treat existing glaucoma.
Oral medication can be a stand-alone option or supplement the medicated eye drops. A commonly prescribed medication is a carbonic anhydrase inhibitor.
The right treatment(s) for your eyes will depend on the type of glaucoma you have, the severity of your condition and your overall eye health. If you have glaucoma you will need to be regularly monitored to ensure that your treatment is working. By keeping your eye pressure within a normal range for your unique eyes, Dr. Pennachio may be able to protect your optic nerve from further damage.
Schedule Your Glaucoma Evaluation in Lake County, Florida
To learn more about the glaucoma treatment options available in Eustis and Clermont, contact us today to schedule an eye exam.