Glaucoma Costs: Investing in Your Vision

Woman discussing costs with her doctorCommitted to delivering high quality services to the community at large, the doctors at Broberg Eye Care work hard to ensure that your treatment is exceptional while keeping glaucoma treatment costs affordable. Dr. Peter Broberg, Dr. Halsey SettleDr. William McGlathery, and Dr. Ximena de Sabra are dedicated to keeping glaucoma diagnosis and treatment within reach for our patients. Contact our office today to learn more about glaucoma costs and schedule a consultation at our Austin, TX practice.

Advanced Diagnostic Techniques

Many patients end up undergoing more expensive and complicated glaucoma treatments because the disease is diagnosed in its later stages. To save you time, money, and discomfort, we recommend attending regular eye exams, especially if you are over 50 years old. Our advanced technology allows us to detect this condition early, lowering your treatment costs in the long-term.

Treatment Options

If you’ve been diagnosed with glaucoma, your ophthalmologist will work with you to create a customized treatment plan that suits your needs and budget. Depending on your medical condition and desired results, your treatment options include:

  • Medicated eye drops, which you will apply topically to decrease fluid production, stimulate circulation, or relax your eye muscles. This treatment can be combined with other procedures.
  • SLT, selective laser trabeculoplasty, which involves the use of a precise laser to alter your ocular tissues so that fluid can drain properly. Only open-angle glaucoma patients are candidates for this procedure, and it can relieve glaucoma symptoms for up to five years, at which point it may be performed again.
  • Manual (non-laser) glaucoma surgery performed by our trusted partner ocular surgeon, who can provide advanced treatment for all types of glaucoma.

Cost Factors

Each patient’s glaucoma treatment is unique, so costs can fluctuate considerably. Some of the most common cost factors are:

  • Diagnostic testing. We offer comprehensive screening exams for patients. If your initial tests are positive, we may need to perform additional assessments, which may come at an additional cost.
  • Your glaucoma type. Open-angle glaucoma, the most common type that advances gradually as the drainage channels in your eye become clogged, requires different treatment than closed-angle glaucoma, which usually occurs suddenly as the space between the iris and cornea narrows.
  • The severity of your condition. It is simpler and less expensive to treat glaucoma in its earlier stages, when it has caused less damage to the optic nerve and surrounding tissue.
  • The treatment(s) you choose. Typically, medicated eye drops are less costly than glaucoma surgeries. The complexity of your surgery will also influence its cost.
  • Anesthetic. Some treatments, such as SLT, require only local anesthetic, but more involved surgeries could be performed under general anesthesia or intravenous sedation, which increases their cost.
  • Your ophthalmologists’ expertise. While choosing an ophthalmologist or ocular surgeon with more extensive experience may cost more up-front, working with a reputable doctor can save you money and time in the long-term.
  • Repeated treatment. When budgeting for glaucoma treatment, remember that some procedures, like SLT, will likely need to be repeated within one to five years. Medicated eye drops are an ongoing cost, since they are typically used daily.
  • Your medical insurance coverage. Depending on your health insurance, your provider may be willing to cover a portion or even the entirety of your glaucoma treatment costs.

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