Kelly Vision Center is a Leading Glaucoma Center
Glaucoma is a complicated disease in which damage to the optic nerve results in vision loss. There are several forms of glaucoma; the two most common forms are primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG) and angle- closure glaucoma (ACG).
- Facts About Glaucoma:
- Glaucoma is a leading cause of blindness
- There is no cure for glaucoma
- Everyone is at risk
- There may be no symptoms
Depending upon the type of glaucoma, treatment may include medication, usually prescription eyedrops, or surgery to lower the pressure in the eye and prevent further damage to the optic nerve. While there is no cure as yet for glaucoma, early diagnosis and continuing treatment can preserve eyesight.
The following are different treatments for glaucoma depending on the patient’s stage of the disease.
MicroPulse laser trabeculoplasty (MLT)
MicroPulse laser trabeculoplasty (MLT) uses repetitive, low-energy laser pulses that are separated by brief rest periods. This “micropulsing” allows the trabecular meshwork to cool between laser pulses to prevent tissue damage. MLT reduces or eliminates laser treatment risks and collateral effects, and therefore can be repeated as needed.
YAG Laser Peripheral Iridotomy (LPI)
During laser peripheral iridotomy, a laser makes 1 or 2 small holes through the iris (the colored part of the eye). This gives the fluid that normally circulates in the eye (the aqueous) an alternative pathway to the angle, where fluid drains out of the eye. This procedure is performed in several minutes as an outpatient in a surgery center. It’s performed when the angle of the eye is narrow and there is a risk of angle closure glaucoma. Angle closure glaucoma is a sudden, painful, site-threatening condition caused by very high eye pressure. In most people with narrow angles, the laser will prevent angle closure glaucoma. If the angle is already closed, the laser may open the angle and lower eye pressure.
YAG Laser Vitreolysis
YAG Laser Vitreolysis (laser eye floater removal) is a highly effective, outpatient procedure that involves the use of a nano-pulsed YAG laser to vaporize eye floaters. This procedure has a low complication rate and offers a high degree of patient satisfaction. Using a special lens placed on the patient’s eye, Dr. Kelly focuses a YAG laser onto the front surface of the eye floater. The laser emits a short burst of energy onto the floater. The laser doesn’t just break the floater into smaller pieces, the focused high power density of the laser energy converts the molecules of the floater to a gas, which is then re-obsorbed into the eye.
Kahook Dual Blade® technology
Kahook Glaucoma Treatment is an innovation and effective treatment for glaucoma. Dr. Kelly utilizes Kahook Dual Blade® technology to lower eye pressure and can be performed with cataract surgery or as a standalone procedure to restore function to the natural outflow system of the eye. Kahook is quick and virtually painless, requiring no sutures and providing rapid postoperative visual recovery. This procedure can reduce or eliminate the need for glaucoma drops or prevent more intense glaucoma procedures such as a trabeculectomy.
The iStent is the smallest medical device ever approved by the FDA and is designed to treat mild-to-moderate open-angle glaucoma during cataract surgery procedures. A benefit of the iStent procedure is that it is typically easily combined with cataract surgery and results in minimal manipulation or damage of normal eye tissue. The iStent is typically easier to perform, faster to recover from, and safer than traditional glaucoma surgeries. The treatment can effectively lower IOP, one of the most important risk factors for glaucoma, and may reduce your reliance on glaucoma medication..
Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) is a non-invasive diagnostic instrument used for imaging the retina. It is the technology for the future because it can enhance patient care. It has the ability to detect problems in the eye prior to any symptoms being present in the patient.
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If you feel you may have symptoms of Glaucoma or would like to learn more about the treatments available, please contact us to set up your free consultation at Kelly Vision Center.