What to Expect from Glaucoma Surgery

Do you have glaucoma and live in the Triangle NC? The fear of losing your eyesight can be very scary. And going into surgery to fix it can be disconcerting. Let’s look at what Glaucoma is and what to expect.

Glaucoma is a disease that damages the optic nerve and this can lead to irreversible vision loss.

It is not uncommon and is the second leading cause of blindness. Sometimes, glaucoma is associated with elevated pressure in the eye. Although surgery cannot reverse vision loss, it can reduce that pressure.

Here’s what to expect from your glaucoma surgery:

Type

Dr. Friedland or Dr. Daluvoy will recommend either laser surgery or conventional surgery, depending on the type and severity of your glaucoma. In both cases, the goal is to allow intraocular fluid to escape the clogged drainage canals.

Laser Surgery – In this procedure, doctors focus a laser to make a small opening in the eye’s drainage system, called the trabecular meshwork.

Conventional Surgery – In this method, called trabeculectomy, doctors create a drainage hole using a small tool. This may be done if laser surgery is not effective. This surgery can be done multiple times without harm.

Expectations

You don’t have to stay in the hospital after most glaucoma surgeries. Our Park Ophthalmology doctors perform most of the surgeries in the office. In more critical cases, surgeries can be performed in an area Triangle hospital.

When you are finished, we’ll apply antibiotics to the eye and cover the eye. You’ll also come home with a hard covering, or eye shield, to protect the eye.

You’ll need to wear this eye shield each night for up to a month. For the next several weeks, you’ll also need to avoid any activity that jars the eye, such as bending, lifting or straining.

Follow Up

The day after surgery, you’ll come in for a checkup. Otherwise, it will take a little time for get back to normal; we’ll be sure to let you know when you can stop wearing the eye shield.

Most people experience some mild discomfort after a trabeculectomy, but severe pain may be a sign of complications. If you have severe pain, call us immediately.

Surgery can almost feel as scary as losing your eyesight, but don’t be afraid to ask any questions. With preparation and a little knowledge, the process will feel much easier. According to the Glaucoma Research Foundation (http://www.glaucoma.org), it is estimated that over 2.2 million Americans have glaucoma but only half of those know they have it. Come see us for a checkup and that sense of assurance that comes with knowing. We are here to help.

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This article about the benefits of eye care is brought to you by the professional team at Park Ophthalmology located in the Triangle Region of North Carolina.

The information contained in this blog article is intended solely for informational purposes and is not intended to be offered as medical advice.

Photo Credit: photo by graur codrin courtesy of freedigitalphotos.net

Locations:

Park Ophthalmology

5306 NC Highway 55, Suite 102 (adjacent to the RTP/ Research Triangle Park)

Durham, NC 27713

Office: 919 544 5375

Fax: 919 544 5829

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Park Ophthalmology North

6512 Six Forks Road, Suite 105

Raleigh, NC 27615

919 846 6915

Office Manager Jenny Whitman, e-mail: parkeyemd@gmail.com

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Clearing Up the Truth about Cataracts

Do you have blurry or cloudy vision? Does one eye seem worse than the other, and it has happened since your last eye exam? It could very well be a cataract. If you think you are way too young to get a cataract, you just might be surprised.

Although many cataracts are indeed due to aging, that does not mean you have to be over 60 years of age to get one. Some people begin noticing cataracts in their 40s and 50s.

While this sounds disconcerting (and can certainly feel a bit scary), cataracts are fairly common and easily treatable by the doctors and staff at Park Ophthalmology in Raleigh and Durham.

According to The National Eye Institute, more than fifty percent of all Americans will either have a cataract or have had surgery for a cataract by age 80.

So what exactly is a cataract? The lens behind the iris is made up of water and protein. But as we get older, that protein may clump together and start to make the lens cloudy. Over time, this cloudiness can get larger, making it tough to see as clearly as before.

In some cases, the normal clear lens slowly changes to a yellowish/brownish color, adding a brownish tint to vision.

Cataracts are not a disease or an infection. While they can occur in one eye or both, they cannot spread from one eye to the other.

Protect Your Vision

There are few things you can do to help prevent cataracts:

  • Wear sunglasses
  • Eat nutritional foods
  • Avoid smoking
  • Get a regular eye exam

Cataract Treatment

If you think you may already have cataracts, be sure to make an appointment with your eye doctor. Surgery isn’t always the answer. Your eye doctor can find out whether new glasses, different lighting or magnifying lenses will help.

In some cases, surgery is the only effective treatment. In that case, your surgeon here at Park Ophthalmology will remove the cloudy lens and replace it with an artificial one.

Although there is usually no rush to surgery, the cataract will worsen. Besides, why see clouds when you can see clearly?

Give us a call and we can assess the situation for you.

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This article about cataract treatment at Park Ophthalmology is brought to you by the professional team at Park Ophthalmology located in the Triangle Region of North Carolina in two convenient locations.

The information contained in this blog article is intended solely for informational purposes and is not intended to be offered as medical advice.

Locations:

Park Ophthalmology

5306 NC Highway 55, Suite 102 (adjacent to the RTP/ Research Triangle Park)

Durham, NC 27713

Office: 919 544 5375

Fax: 919 544 5829

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Park Ophthalmology North

6512 Six Forks Road, Suite 105

Raleigh, NC 27615

919 846 6915

Office Manager Jenny Whitman, e-mail: parkeyemd@gmail.com

Follow us https://twitter.com/ParkOphthNC

Like us: https://www.facebook.com/ParkOphthalmology

Photo Credit: photo by danilo rizzuti courtesy of freedigitalphotos.net