Unlike an eye cataract surgery where doctors can restore the vision, glaucoma, if not treated can result in irreversible blindness. Glaucoma is an eye disorder quite common in older people. The condition occurs when the fluid pressure in the eye starts affecting the optic nerves. It is not easy to detect in the early stages until you get your examined from an expert. Therefore, it is always advisable to consult your ophthalmologist on regular basis.
Aakash Healthcare Super Speciality Hospital is one of its kinds in offering multi-disciplinary treatment pertaining to eyes. Our team is efficiently backed by latest equipment and state-of-the-art infrastructure. Our eye department is one of the largest departments and has been catering to all kinds of eye problems.
For Glaucoma, we offer effective therapeutic and surgical treatment. It is always not necessary to opt for surgery once you are diagnosed with glaucoma. An expert will first prescribe some eye drops or medicine to prevent the worsening of the disease depending on the severity. However, surgical intervention gives better results and fast recovery.
With minimal invasive surgical procedures and highly sophisticated equipment, it has become convenient for patients to undergo a surgery and recover in no time. Aakash Healthcare Super Speciality Hospital is one of the hospitals to offer best in class treatment.
How can I develop Glaucoma?
Sometimes there is no particular reason for glaucoma to develop in your eyes, the reason can simply be your growing age. However it can also develop due to some other illness, like:
- Thyroid issues (mainly hypothyroidism)
- Eye Injury
- Advanced cataract
- Inflammation in eyes
Types of Glaucoma
Developing glaucoma is not a sign of losing your vision. Timely diagnosis can prevent further deterioration of your condition. You may be diagnosed with two types of glaucoma, which are:
Close-angle glaucoma: There is no reason for it to develop and it occurs suddenly due to increase in pressure on the optic nerves in the eyes. A patient will experience discomfort and pain in the eyes along with redness, blurred vision and nausea as well. It is always advisable to rush to your doctor in that case. Immediate attention will help a doctor in preventing any permanent damage to your eyes.
Open-angle glaucoma: This type of glaucoma progresses slowly and generally occur due to age factor. Sometimes, it is not easy to detect in the early stages when the vision loss is not significant.
How will a doctor diagnose glaucoma?
The doctor will listen carefully to all the symptoms a patient is experiencing and will take a note of it. A thorough examination of the eyes will also be done. The doctor may further advise for some more test to ascertain your condition like;
- Visual acuity test: The test will be conducted to measure the effects of glaucoma on the eyes.
- Retina examination
- Tonometry: It is conducted to determine the pressure inside the eyes.
- Pachymetry is conducted to ascertain the thickness of the cornea. Patients with thinner cornea are at high risk of developing glaucoma.
- Gonioscopy is done to ascertain the damage to blood vessels in the eyes.
Treatment for Glaucoma
Glaucoma is a common disease which can be treated either by medication or surgical intervention. After, the diagnosis, your doctor may prescribe you medication or eye drop to prevent further damaging of eyes. The medical treatment reduces the increase pressure in eye resulting in relief from pain and discomfort. However, if medication does not show any progress, then your doctor may suggest for surgery. There are different types of surgeries available to treat glaucoma and are highly effective. The objective is to unblock the optic nerves which are putting pressure on the eyes.