It is scary to think that everyone is at risk for glaucoma and that it is the leading cause of blindness. It is estimated that there are over 3 million people have glaucoma and half of those individuals do not even know that they have it. Unfortunately at this moment there is no "cure" for glaucoma, but there are different ways that you can treat the condition. It is important that you visit with your optometrist or ophthalmologist at least once a year so they can diagnose and start treating the condition. Early treatment can help a great deal. When it comes to treatment most of them are based on reducing the pressure in your eye. Here are a few different treatments that you can expect to see.
The eye can create a great deal of fluid to keep the eye most, and sometimes that can be a problem. This is especially true if the part of the eye that allows the fluid to drain is at a bad angle or is blocked. Some of the eye drops that you can take will simply have your eye stop making as much fluid. If your eye does not create the fluid then you do not have to worry about the eye becoming over pressured. Another type of eye drop will help your eye drain the fluid. No matter what type of eye drop you take, most will require that you take them at least once a day.
Another way that the doctor may decide to treat your glaucoma is with laser surgery. There are a few different types of laser surgery, but once again they are designed to reduce the amount of pressure in your eye. Often the doctor will use a laser to make a small hole in the iris or the white portion of your eye to allow for fluid to drain. It is also very common for a doctor to use the laser to clean out the duct that allows the fluid to drain, or the create a new drainage angle. Laser surgery is a great way to reduce the pressure in your eye.
Your eye pressure can be a very difficult thing to keep under control, and often very simple things can have a very big impact on eye pressure. Talk with your doctor before making any major lifestyle changes such as diet and exercises and some foods and some exercises can increase the pressure in your eye.
Contact a vision clinic, like Coastal Eye Care, for more help.