For some patients the effectiveness of medications and eye drops may lessen over time, while for others there are unpleasant side effects. Because glaucoma often is painless, many patients become careless about the strict use of their medications. In fact, non-compliance with a program of prescribed glaucoma medications is a major reason for blindness caused by the disease.
Sometimes medications aren’t effective and surgery becomes necessary.
- Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty (SLT) is a surgery done in the office using short bursts of energy to reduce pressure on the optic nerve in patients with primary open angle glaucoma. It may reduce dependence on drops and can be safely repeated many times.
- The Ahmed Shunt is a drainage device implanted in the eye to treat more complicated cases of glaucoma by creating a better flow of the fluid that puts pressure on the optic nerve. The procedure is performed in our outpatient surgery center.
- Laser Peripheral Iridotomy (LPI) is a revolutionary laser treatment that creates an opening in the eye’s iris that increases the flow of liquid, thereby decreasing pressure. Done in the office with topical anesthetic drops, it’s used almost exclusively for patients with narrow angles and narrow angle glaucoma or acute angle and closure glaucoma.
Find Out if You Have Glaucoma in Jacksonville
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Early detection is critical in treating glaucoma—Jacksonville Glaucoma Specialist, Dr. Frank W. Bowden, III, offers patients suffering from glaucoma Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty, Ahmed Shunt and Laser Peripheral Iridotomy treatments in addition to traditional medication and eye drops for the treatment of glaucoma in Jacksonville.