Glaucoma Treatment Options
There is a wide range of glaucoma treatment options available, from traditional glaucoma medications and surgeries, to the more sophisticated minimally invasive glaurcoma surgeries (MIGS i.e. canaloplasty and stents). Some glaucoma patients also use complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) to supplement prescribed glaucoma treatment. We discuss all of them here:
When medications are not effective enough, surgery may be the next best option. There are a number of different types of glaucoma surgeries and techniques, which can be split into (roughly) three using this categorical criteria:
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Non-Invasive Glaucoma Surgeries
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How does Canaloplasty compare to other glaucoma treatments in terms of IOP Lowering benefits and average medication? Here's a summary from Dr. Douglas J. Rhee's talk given on April 13, 2018 during the ASCRS 2018 Glaucoma Day “Is Trabeculectomy Dead?" session, titled...
Why Defer Trabeculotomy or Goniotomy Recently there has been a large increase in the number of cataract and glaucoma surgeons who are performing a type of minimally invasive glaucoma surgery that goes by various names, all of which have the term “goniotomy” or...
Current glaucoma treatment guidelines follow a step-up approach, with eye medications as the initial treatment of choice. Eye medications work by decreasing the production of the aqueous fluid in the eye (Beta Blockers, Carbonic Anhydrase Inhibitors, Alpha-agonists), facilitating aqueous fluid drainage out of the eye (Cholinergic-Miotic and Prostaglandin Analogs) or combination of both functions. Read more ->
Beta Blockers - Glaucoma Medication | Driving with Dr. David Richardson– Series 5 Ep 01 Hello, I'm Dr. David Richardson. I'm a cataract and glaucoma surgeon in Southern California. On my morning commutes, I like to discuss those topics that there's generally not...
COMPLEMENTARY AND ALTERNATIVE GLAUCOMA TREATMENTS
Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) or Alternative and Complementary Therapy (ACT) are the terms used to cover medical practices and products that are not part of the usual standard of care provided by medical doctors and allied health professionals. These include vitamins, herbal remedies, acupuncture, reflexology, homeopathy, ayurvedic medicine, traditional Chinese medicine, and meditation, among others. Read more ->
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Good morning! I'm Dr. David Richardson, a cataract and glaucoma surgeon in Southern California. And right now I'm discussing a series of videos on the holistic approach to treating glaucoma. So, looking at things other than just intraocular pressure, also known as...
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Sustained Drug Delivery for Glaucoma Treatment – An Update from the American Glaucoma Society (AGS) 2017 Annual Meeting
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