Glaucoma occurs when the fluid in your eyes cannot drain properly, causing an increase in eye pressure. This increase in pressure can cause damage to the optic nerve, resulting in permanent peripheral vision loss. As the condition advances, glaucoma can cause tunnel vision. In the early stages, a doctor can prescribe eye drops designed to reduce the pressure in your eyes. As the condition progresses, eye surgery will be necessary to prevent further damage from occurring. If you have been diagnosed with glaucoma, the eye surgery at Kunesh Eye Center in Dayton is ready to assist you. Read on to learn more about the options our eye surgeon has to offer.
Laser Surgery Options
Our ophthalmologist will try laser surgery first because laser surgery is less invasive than the traditional options. It can also be performed in our office.
Argon Laser Trabeculoplasty (ALP)
This is a laser surgical procedure designed to open the clog in your eye, allowing fluid to drain properly. Your eye doctor will treat half of the clogs to see if it is effective before treating the other half. This surgical procedure is enough to treat 75 percent of glaucoma cases.
Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty (SLT)
If ALP is not effective, our ophthalmologist will consider SLT. This procedure involves the use of a low-level laser to target only the areas where there is high pressure. This procedure must be performed gradually to ensure safety.
Laser Peripheral Iridotomy (LPI)
During this procedure, our eye doctor will use a laser to create a tiny hole in the iris. This will allow the excess fluid to drain, relieving the pressure in your eyes.
If the other eye surgery options are insufficient, our ophthalmologist may perform cyclophotocoagulation. During this procedure, our eye doctor will use a laser on the inside of the eye to relieve the pressure in your eyes. This is not a permanent solution, and it will need to be repeated over time to manage your condition.
Traditional Surgery Options
If laser surgery isn't effective, our ophthalmologist will suggest traditional surgical options. These are performed in a hospital or surgical center. While effective, these procedures may require a lengthy recovery period.
During this procedure, our eye doctor will make a small cut in the white of your eye. This will allow for the removal of the tissue mesh, which will allow the fluid to drain.
Drainage Implant Surgery (Eye Stents)
Our eye surgeon can implant tiny tubes in your eyes which will allow the fluid to drain.
During this procedure, your ophthalmologist will use a heating device to make a tiny cut in the tubes of your eye's drainage system. The cut will reduce the buildup of fluid, reducing pressure in your eyes.
Contact Our Ophthalmologist for Eye Surgery in Dayton
For more information on glaucoma surgery or to schedule an appointment with our ophthalmologist, call Kunesh Eye Center today at (937) 298-1703.