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Care for glaucoma

Glaucoma is actually a group of eye diseases that produce increased pressure within the eye, which is caused by a backup of eye fluid. Over time, it damages your optic nerve. Glaucoma treatment includes eye drops, prescription medication, laser surgery, traditional surgery or some combination. The goal of glaucoma treatment is to prevent loss of vision. Vision loss from glaucoma is irreversible. Glaucoma can be managed if it is detected early. Most people with glaucoma will not lose their sight if they take their medication as prescribed. Many patients experience no side effects from their glaucoma treatment medications, though it is normal to expect some side effects from any medication.

Glaucoma treatment methods include pills, eye drops and surgical procedures. Laser surgery has become increasingly popular and effective as an intermediate step between drugs and traditional surgery. The most common laser surgery performed for open-angle glaucoma is called trabeculoplasty. It is painless and only takes 10 to 15 minutes in a doctor's office or outpatient surgery center. Traditional surgeries for glaucoma treatment are trabeculectomy and drainage implantation to drain excess fluid from the eye. New glaucoma treatment includes special shunts and non-penetrating surgeries.

Trust eye doctor Eddie Alan Smith, OD, at Smith Eye Care for comprehensive for optometry and convenience. Call us at 405.372.7337 or use our Request an Appointment form to schedule your consultation. Our location is in downtown Stillwater near Boone Pickens Stadium. Our service area includes Perry, Stillwater, Cushing, Perkins, Morrison and Oklahoma City.