For Help with Glaucoma, Call the Dominion Eye Care Ophthalmologists Serving Manassas, Warrenton, Gainesville and Northern VA
At Dominion Eye Care in Manassas and Warrenton VA, our eye doctors have been treating patients with glaucoma for years. Glaucoma is an increase of intraocular pressure (IOP) or pressure inside the eyeball. Glaucoma is a very serious eye condition that will cause damage to the optic nerve resulting in vision loss. There are several types of glaucoma: open-angle glaucoma, angle-closure glaucoma, variants of both as well as normal-tension glaucoma and congenital glaucoma. There are usually no symptoms with the most common form of glaucoma. However, sudden eye pain, headache and eye redness can occur in less common forms of glaucoma and should be treated immediately.
Open-Angle Glaucoma Accounts For Most Glaucoma Cases
Open-angle glaucoma is the most common form, accounting for 90% of all cases. Slow clogging of the drainage canals increases the pressure in the eye. It develops slowly and can cause irreversible damage to the optic nerve if not treated.
Angle-Closure Glaucoma is Less Common
The Virginia eye doctors at Dominion Eye Care do handle cases involving angle-closure glaucoma and it is treatable. Blocked drainage canals increase intraocular pressure in the eye causing pain. This type of glaucoma develops quickly and requires immediate attention. Dominion Eye Care is here to help.
There are numerous ways to treat glaucoma to prevent loss of vision. Eye drops, oral medications, laser surgery, traditional surgery or a combination of methods can be used. If detected early, glaucoma can be managed and most people do not lose their eyesight so it is important to work closely with your eye care doctors, especially when medications are involved.
A popular form of glaucoma treatment for Dominion Eye Care patients in VA is laser surgery. Laser surgery is an intermediate step between medications and traditional surgery. Laser surgery for patients with open-angle glaucoma takes between 10 and 15 minutes and helps change the eyes drainage system so aqueous fluids is able to pass more easily out of the drain lowering the pressure.
Glaucoma Laser Treatments
Dominion Eye Care ophthalmologists provide laser surgery for a wide variety of types of glaucoma to include, Argon Laser Trabeculoplasty (ATL) to treat the meshwork of the eye and to increase drainage outflow, Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty (SLT) which uses very low levels of energy and is selective, leaving portions of the meshwork intact, Laser Peripheral Iridotomy (LPI) which requires making an opening through the iris allowing fluids to flow from behind the iris bypassing its normal route. This method is used when most other traditional methods have failed.
Traditional Glaucoma Surgery in VA
Conventional surgery is required in most case when medication and laser surgeries have not lowered eye pressure. At Dominion Eye Care, we do traditional and laser surgery. Traditional surgical treatments include Trabeculectomy and Drainage implant surgery; both are outpatient procedures. These surgeries create openings in the eye to drain excess fluid resulting inlower eye pressure.
It is important to speak with the ophthalmologists at Dominion Eye Care in Manassas, VA and Warrenton, VA to understand what type of glaucoma you have, to learn about alternatives and to deicide together the type of glaucoma treatments that work best for your particular situation.
If you experience eye pressure or have been diagnosed with Glaucoma, please call the ophthalmologists at Dominion Eye Care in Manassas and Warrenton VA. We are here to help those suffering with Glaucoma.
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