Glaucoma treatment
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Glaucoma treatment

Don’t let glaucoma steal your sight – see the glaucoma experts at Eye Institute for the latest and most effective glaucoma treatments.

Glaucoma is often called the silent or sneak thief of the sight, because it affects your peripheral or side vision gradually and almost imperceptibly, eventually causing tunnel vision and even blindness.

The good news is, with early detection and treatment, glaucoma can be controlled, and your vision can be saved. The glaucoma specialists at Eye institute in Auckland have significant experience in glaucoma treatment, offering a range of effective glaucoma treatments that includes eye drops, medication, laser treatment and glaucoma surgery.

normal optic disc     glaucoma surgery
Left: Normal Optic Disc. Right: Glaucomatous Optic Disc

Glaucoma diagnosis and testing

If you’re over 40, you have about a 1% chance of developing glaucoma, and you should make an appointment with your ophthalmologist at least every five years for a check-up – more often if you have a family history of glaucoma.

Glaucoma is usually associated with raised pressure inside your eye, caused by problems in the eye’s fluid drainage channels, which damages the optic nerve. However, it can sometimes occur in eyes where the pressure is normal. That’s why the specialists at Eye Institute will check both the pressure in your eye, and the appearance of your optic disc (where the optic nerve leaves the back of the eye) for signs of glaucoma.

Glaucoma treatment options

While glaucoma cannot be ‘cured’, it can be controlled so that further damage to your eyes is slowed or stopped altogether, preventing blindness.

Glaucoma treatments generally work by lowering the pressure inside the eye so that no further damage to the optic disc occurs. The glaucoma specialists at Eye Institute will always recommend the safest and most effective treatment for you

Glaucoma eye drops

In many cases, glaucoma can be controlled using eye drops that reduce the pressure inside the eye. Your specialist will recommend the best one for you based on your condition. Glaucoma management with eye drops requires your commitment, because they must be taken regularly and continuously to be effective.

Laser treatment for glaucoma

If your glaucoma continues to worsen despite the use of eye drops, laser treatment may be needed. Laser trabeculoplasty is a relatively straightforward operation, performed under local anaesthetic. A laser is used to remove blockages in the eye’s drainage channels, reducing the pressure inside the eye.

Glaucoma surgery

Occasionally, glaucoma surgery is used to create a new channel to allow fluid to drain out of the eye. Glaucoma surgery is usually very effective, and you may even find that you need no further glaucoma medications after surgery.

Ongoing glaucoma treatment

It’s important to remember that glaucoma, once diagnosed, will be with you for the rest of your life. While there are many effective treatments available, you must take your treatment as advised, and have regular check-ups.

Make an appointment today

For more information or to discuss your glaucoma treatment, make an appointment with one of our eye specialists today. Simply fill out an enquiry form or call 0800 39 35 27.

Part of your Glaucoma treatment may be Covered

Affiliated to Southern Cross Health Society
  • Your medical insurance may cover the cost of treatment
  • Please contact your insurance provider for more details
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