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Lasers have excelled as a tool for eye surgery and are used to treat many diseases that may affect different parts of the eye. The laser treatment itself usually takes a short time to perform, and in most cases, the treatment is painless and non-traumatic.
Don't Let Glaucoma Sneak Up on You!
What is Glaucoma?
Glaucoma is a disorder characterized by increased pressure in the eye (intraocular pressure or IOP).
While the causes of glaucoma are still unknown, elevated IOP is the primary treatable risk factor associated with the disease.
When IOP is too high, it puts pressure on the optic nerve and slowly causes vision loss. Vision loss starts on the outside of the visual field, making things look fuzzy around the edges. If open-angle glaucoma goes untreated, the fuzzy edges slowly close in until the entire visual field is black.
What are the Signs and Symptoms of Glaucoma?
Glaucoma is often called "the sneak thief of sight" because it does not have any early warning signs. However, the following symptoms strongly suggest that you need to have your eyes checked for glaucoma:
- Some loss of peripheral (side) vision
- Poor long-distance vision (nearsightedness)
- Difficulty adjusting to a dark room
- Blurred vision or sore, red eyes
Who is at Risk for Glaucoma?
In the United States alone, 2 to 3 million people older than 40 years of age have been diagnosed with glaucoma. Those at greatest risk are people of African ancestry, those with a family history of glaucoma, and people with diabetes or severe nearsightedness.
What Else Can I Do?
There is no way to restore lost vision, so it is important to catch and treat glaucoma early. Getting your eyes checked regularly is the only way to find out if you have glaucoma. Be sure to learn about your family's history of eye problems and to tell your eye doctor about any risk factor you have or symptoms you may have noticed.
How is Glaucoma Treated?
The primary treatment goal in patients with glaucoma is to lower IOP. This can be done with medications, lasers, or with surgery.
The Facts About Glaucoma Surgery
Why Would I Need Glaucoma Surgery?
Glaucoma surgery is necessary only after medications have failed to control eye pressure. If your eye pressure is still too high and is causing further damage to your optic nerve, your ophthalmologist may suggest surgery.
What Happens During Glaucoma Surgery?
The purpose of glaucoma surgery is to increase fluid drainage from the eye. Creating a way for the fluid to escape allows your eye pressure to decrease. There are 2 types of glaucoma surgery - laser and conventional.
In laser treatment surgery, your surgeon will hold a special lens to your eye and aim a high-energy beam of light at the lens. This lens helps reflect the light onto the meshwork inside your eye. The laser makes 50 to 100 evenly spaced burns that stretch the drainage holes in the meshwork and allow fluid to escape. This procedure is very effective at lowering pressure, but often the effects wear off over time. In fact, after 2 years, a second surgery is needed in more than half the patients who receive laser treatment.
Lourdes Ophthalmology Surgery / Laser Treatment Center has been designed with you in mind. Lasers for use in skin and eye treatments are conveniently located in a comfortable hospital setting. Every possible effort will be made to make your stay at Lourdes as comfortable as possible.
How to Get There
Lourdes Ophthalmology Surgery / Laser Treatment Center is located on the main floor of the hospital inside the Atrium.
Convenient parking is available in Lot G.
- Use the West Drive to enter the Lourdes Hospital campus (located at the traffic light at Riverside Drive and Kneeland Avenue).
- Proceed down the West Drive to the second stop sign. The Ambulatory Care Center and the new Main Entrance to the Hospital will be on your left.
- Turn right to park in Lot G.
- Enter through the new Main Entrance.
- Pass the reception desk then turn left to enter the main hospital.
- Proceed down the hallway to elevators 1 & 2.
- Take elevators 1 & 2 to the main floor.
- As you get off the elevator, there is a hallway to the immediate right; follow this hallway to the Atrium located on your left.
- Check in at the information desk just inside the Atrium.
- After you check in you will be directed to the Laser Treatment Center. (Take a left out of the Atrium then the Laser Treatment Center is the first door on the left.)
For further information, consult your doctor or call Lourdes Ophthalmology Surgery / Laser Treatment Center at 607-798-5991.