Advanced Glaucoma Surgery

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GLAUCOMA SURGERY AND PROGRESS

After you’ve been diagnosed with glaucoma, the goal is to stop the progression of vision loss. The first thing your doctor will determine is how much damage your optic nerve has sustained and how much of your corresponding vision has been lost. Then, treatment begins.
 

Our glaucoma specialists begin by creating a direct visualization of your optic nerve and estimating the amount of damage incurred. Then they take a photo for comparison in the future. The amount of vision loss can be judged with a visual field test, in which flashing lights are presented to your side and central vision by a computer. Once the test is over, a diagram of your vision with many measurements can be printed out and followed over time. If progression on this vision assessment test can be documented, you may need more aggressive treatment. 

 How Sabates Eye Centers Treats Your Glaucoma

There are three methods for controlling eye pressure.

 

Glaucoma Eye Drops

There are many exciting medications that come to market each year, such as glaucoma eye drops, that can turn the faucet of the eye down or make the drain of the eye function more efficiently. This serves to lower the amount of fluid in the eye and decreases the pressure being placed on your optic nerve.

 

Glaucoma Laser

A laser may be fired directly into the drain of your eye to try to stimulate increased drainage. Again, this serves to lower the amount of fluid in the eye and decreases the pressure being placed on your optic nerve.

 

Glaucoma Surgery

The main goal of surgery is to create a new drainage system for the eye. This can be done by fashioning a trap door on the surface of the eye to allow pressure and fluid buildup to escape when there is excess within the eye. This procedure is called a trabeculectomy. Unfortunately, your own body can create scar tissue that may close off this trap door. Therefore, anti-scarring medications may be administered around the trap door during and maybe after surgery to prevent the trap door from scarring down. Alternatively, a plastic tube can be placed into the eye that is connected to an implant that will drain the fluid directly out of the eye.

 

Your glaucoma treatment will be uniquely suited to your needs, so please don’t hesitate to discuss your lifestyle and goals with your glaucoma specialist.  

  • Glaucoma was recognized as early as 400 B.C.

    A LONG TIME AGO

    Glaucoma was recognized as early as 400 B.C. In the 1800s, glaucoma was recognized as a distinct disorder, although it frequently coexisted with cataracts.

  • Eye doctor looking through microscope for gene associated with glaucoma.

    Glaucoma: Overview

  • Advanced glaucoma eye surgery specialist Dr. Kevin P. Pikey D.O., - Sabates Eye Centers.

    SABATES EYE CENTERS ADVANCED GLAUCOMA SPECIALIST

    Dr. Kevin P. Pikey – Dr. Pikey sees patients at the Independence, Leawood, Northland, and Truman Medical Center – University Health locations.

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GLAUCOMA SURGERY RECOVERY AND EXPECTATIONS

How well your eyes respond to treatment depends on the type of glaucoma you have and how severe it is when detected. If diagnosed early enough, glaucoma may not cause any noticeable vision loss. You can control the disease with regular follow-up exams and medicated drops taken on schedule. When glaucoma goes undetected for a while, any lost vision cannot be restored. However, through medication, surgery or both, further vision loss can be slowed and blindness prevented.

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