Glaucoma Treatment for Healthy Vision
With their vast experience in caring for glaucoma patients, the doctors at Broberg Eye Care can provide you with outstanding glaucoma treatment that preserves your ocular health. Dr. Peter Broberg, Dr. Halsey Settle, Dr. William McGlathery, and Dr. Ximena de Sabra understand how this disease affects the eye and use sophisticated techniques to treat and manage glaucoma. Contact our office today to learn more about your glaucoma treatment options and schedule a consultation at our Austin, TX practice.
What Is Glaucoma?
The eye’s optic nerve transmits visual information to your brain. When the liquid between your lens and cornea becomes blocked or cannot drain properly, intraocular pressure rises. The increase in intraocular pressure can damage the optic nerve. This condition, glaucoma, can seriously affect your vision. There are several types of glaucoma:
- The most prevalent type, open-angle glaucoma, results from a gradual accumulation of pressure in the eye due to improper drainage.
- Closed-angle glaucoma refers to a sudden collapse of space between the iris and cornea, creating an immediate increase in pressure that often has obvious and uncomfortable symptoms, such as headache, nausea, light sensitivity, and tunnel vision.
- Congenital glaucoma results when a person is born with weakened drainage canals.
- Secondary glaucoma develops in response to other ocular diseases.
- Traumatic glaucoma can occur in patients who have suffered an eye injury.
To screen for glaucoma, we perform a traditional eye exam and additional advanced assessments. We use our Zeiss OCT (optical coherence tomography) device to generate a comprehensive 3D map of the eye. Our ophthalmologists can then use this detailed image to look for any abnormalities in your optic nerve or drainage canals.
Our ophthalmologists will craft a comprehensive treatment plan suited to your needs. This may include:
- Eye drops. Medicated eye drops are a minimally invasive and effective treatment for glaucoma, especially in the disease's earlier stages. Our doctors may prescribe eye drops that reduce intraocular pressure by relaxing your ocular muscles, decreasing fluid production, or encouraging improved circulation within the eye.
- SLT (Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty). For patients with open-angle glaucoma who have tried eye drops without success, our ophthalmologists can perform SLT. During this procedure, typically performed under local anesthesia, your doctor will aim accurate, powerful bursts of light at your eyes, adjusting your ocular tissues to allow for better drainage. This surgery typically takes less than 30 minutes. Most patients notice results within a few months and the improvements from SLT can last between one and five years, at which point the procedure will need to be repeated.
- Non-Laser Procedures. We may refer you to a trusted local ocular surgeon who can perform conventional glaucoma surgery, making an incision in your eye to reduce pressure and improve fluid circulation.
Your doctor will discuss which treatment options may be right for you, along with their costs.
Quality Treatment for Clear Eyesight
At Broberg Eye Care, our ophthalmologists are dedicated to providing safe and effective glaucoma treatment. To schedule an appointment, contact our office today.