Advanced Glaucoma Treatments Can Protect Your Eyes and Prevent Permanent Vision Loss
While there is no cure for glaucoma, timely and appropriate treatment can control the condition and prevent vision loss. Dr. Ike Ahmed, serving the Toronto, ON, area, offers several different treatment options such as medications and laser trabeculoplasty. If these initial treatments do not prove effective, Dr. Ahmed can also perform more extensive surgery with safety and precision.
What Is Glaucoma?
Glaucoma is a group of conditions that can cause pressure to build inside your eye. Without treatment, this pressure can eventually damage the optic nerve and lead to permanent vision loss. Your eyes are filled with fluid called aqueous humour, which is normally drained and replaced at a constant rate. Glaucoma can cause this fluid to stop draining normally, resulting in abnormal intraocular pressure.
One of the first symptoms of open-angle glaucoma is a loss of peripheral vision.
Open-angle glaucoma is the most common type, and it occurs when the trabecular meshwork remains open but does not function normally. Pressure will build gradually, and your eyesight may become damaged before you notice it. This is one reason why it is so important to schedule regular eye exams. Closed-angle glaucoma develops when the meshwork closes completely. As a result, pressure builds very quickly, and vision loss can be swift and dramatic.
Dr. Ahmed is renowned for his skill and experience treating glaucoma. As an international lecturer and a university faculty member at several institutions, he offers a range of ultramodern treatment options.
Glaucoma typically affects adults over age 40, though congenital glaucoma can impact infants and small children. Risk factors include:
- A family history of the condition
- Eye trauma
- A history of taking steroids, such as prednisone
Typically, open-angle glaucoma sufferers first notice a loss of peripheral vision. This symptom will slowly worsen and spread across the visual field. Closed-angle glaucoma symptoms occur suddenly and can include blurred vision, halos, serious eye pain, nausea, and vomiting. If you notice these signs of glaucoma, you should seek immediate medical attention to prevent permanent vision loss.
Glaucoma Treatment Options at TLC Yonge Eglinton Eye Centre
Dr. Ahmed is renowned for his skill and experience treating glaucoma. As an international lecturer and a university faculty member at several institutions, he offers a range of ultramodern treatment options. Medications such as prescription eye drops are the simplest way to address mild to moderate glaucoma.
If conservative treatments are not successful, Dr. Ahmed will likely recommend surgery. Laser trabeculoplasty is one of the most common. During this minimally invasive procedure, Dr. Ahmed will use a laser to create several openings within the meshwork. This will improve fluid drainage, often in conjunction with continued use of medicated eye drops. The treatment may produce some inflammation, but overall discomfort is minimal. If you are suffering from closed-angle glaucoma, your doctor may suggest a related treatment called an iridotomy. This involves using a similar technique to create an opening in your iris to foster drainage.
Less commonly, Dr. Ahmed may recommend a trabeculectomy if you do not respond to other treatments. Trabeculectomy is still minimally invasive and performed with a state-of-the-art laser. The procedure involves the creation of an entirely new drainage channel. Dr. Ahmed will perform this treatment on each eye separately, typically spacing the procedures six to eight weeks apart. For the right candidates, he may recommend an implanted drainage device.
Contact Us to Protect Your Vision
Delaying an eye exam or glaucoma treatment could result in permanent damage to your eyesight. If you are not undergoing regular eye exams, or if you are experiencing symptoms of glaucoma, contact our office online today or give us a call at (519) 888-4502.