Advanced Glaucoma Treatment
Glaucoma is a disease that blocks fluid in the eye causing pressure to build to a point that can damage the optic nerve. This nerve sends the images you see to your brain. Many people have no symptoms of glaucoma until it is severe. Glaucoma is often diagnosed during a complete eye exam.
Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness and affects more than four million Americans. Symptoms can include:
- Slow loss of side (peripheral) vision (also called tunnel vision)
- Sudden, severe pain in one eye
- Decreased or cloudy vision, often called "steamy" vision
- Rainbow-like halos around lights
- Enlargement of one eye or both eyes
- Red eye
- Sensitivity to light
You may be given drops, pills and medicine given through a vein (by IV) to lower your eye pressure. If those treatments do not work, you may need surgery to lower eye pressure.
Minimally invasive glaucoma surgery
Franciscan Health was the first hospital in Indiana to offer a minimally invasive ophthalmology surgery for glaucoma treatment called Trabectome. Trabectome is an FDA-cleared device that removes glaucoma-causing tissue, improves natural drainage pathways of the eye and eliminates pressure safely without the aid of mechanical implants or shunts. This glaucoma surgery is performed by an eye specialist using a small incision which does not leave a permanent hole or pocket in the eye wall, allowing patients to return home the same day. The Trabectome procedure, taking approximately 20 minutes, maintains a remarkably high success rate in reducing intraocular pressure (IOP) with minimum side effects.
Benefits of Trabectome glaucoma surgery:
- Restoration of the eye's natural fluid balance
- Low risk to patient
- Simpler than traditional therapies
- Low complication rate
- Easily combines with cataract extraction
- Safe, economical and effective