Glaucoma Awareness and Treatment

Glaucoma Care

What is Glaucoma and How is it Treated?

Glaucoma is a chronic disease defined by characteristic optic nerve damage. It is a complex and common disease, affecting over 40 million people worldwide. Glaucoma is a slowly progressive and irreversible disease and in most cases, causes a painless loss of eyesight.

The damage to the optic nerve is commonly caused by pressure in the eye, as well as possible decreased blood flow to the optic nerve. Lowering the pressure inside the eye can slow the process of optic nerve damage. The amount of pressure lowering that is necessary to prevent glaucoma from worsening is different for each person and each optic nerve. The more advanced the optic nerve damage, the lower the pressure needs to be to prevent further optic nerve damage and vision loss.

If your doctor has diagnosed you with glaucoma they have informed you that if it not treated, you may experience vision loss and eventual blindness. Commonly, eyedrops are used as a first line of treatment. In many situations, multiple medications are tried to achieve the desired pressure level. However, there can be difficulties with using eyedrops and laser therapy is commonly substituted as a first line of therapy. There are other alternative treatments available, but they generally have higher potential risk.

Recently there have been significant advances to better control the pressure inside the eye. Micro-invasive glaucoma surgeries (MIGS) involve bypassing the normal pathway for fluid to leave the eye. MIGS, including the iStent, CyPass, Kahook Dual Blade (KDB), and the OMNI are surgical therapies for patients who have mild to moderate open angle glaucoma. These surgeries are designed to improve the outflow of fluid from the eye, lowering the pressure inside the eye and reducing the need for glaucoma eyedrops. This helps reduce the risk of future vision loss from glaucoma.

Istent® and CyPass are implants that are placed in the drainage area of your eye at the time of cataract surgery. The implants stay in the eye to allow for lower pressure.
KDB and the OMNI are not implants, but are used to open up the drainage system in the eye to allow for lower pressure. These may be performed on its own or at the time of other eye surgeries.
Your surgeon will determine which one of these devices is best for you and your eyes.

All of these options are elective procedures. As your surgeon has discussed, these procedures are potentially beneficial in helping to lower the eye pressure and reduce the number of glaucoma medications that you take. If you decide not to have this procedure, other treatment options may be recommended and should be discussed with your physician to better control your glaucoma.

Contraindications

These procedures should not be performed in eyes with angle closure glaucoma, including uveitic (inflammatory) glaucoma. They should not be performed in patients with neovascular glaucoma or in patients with thyroid eye disease, Sturge-Webber syndrome or any other type of condition that may cause elevated episcleral venous pressure.

Am I a candidate for MIGS?

Only a thorough and comprehensive consultation and evaluation of your open angle glaucoma with an experienced ophthalmologist will determine MIGS candidacy. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Shatz or Dr. Shield, please contact our office through our website, or call 413-584-6422.

101 Responses to “Glaucoma Awareness and Treatment”

  1. I simply want to mention I’m all new to blogging and actually liked this blog site. More than likely I’m want to bookmark your blog . You definitely have terrific well written articles. Kudos for sharing with us your web site.

  2. Hi there, i read your blog occasionally and i own a similar one and i was just curious if you get a lot of spam comments? If so how do you protect against it, any plugin or anything you can suggest? I get so much lately it’s driving me crazy so any help is very much appreciated.

  3. One other issue issue is that video games are typically serious in nature with the principal focus on knowing things rather than amusement. Although, there’s an entertainment aspect to keep your kids engaged, each one game is frequently designed to develop a specific group of skills or course, such as mathematics or science. Thanks for your article.

  4. I have learned some significant things through your website post. One other stuff I would like to say is that there are several games available on the market designed specially for preschool age young children. They consist of pattern acceptance, colors, dogs, and models. These commonly focus on familiarization as an alternative to memorization. This helps to keep a child engaged without having the experience like they are learning. Thanks

  5. After going over a number of the blog articles on your blog, I seriously appreciate your way of writing a blog. I saved as a favorite it to my bookmark webpage list and will be checking back in the near future. Please visit my web site too and tell me your opinion.

  6. Another issue is that video gaming has become one of the all-time largest forms of entertainment for people of nearly every age. Kids enjoy video games, and also adults do, too. The XBox 360 is probably the favorite games systems for individuals that love to have a lot of games available to them, and who like to relax and play live with other folks all over the world. Many thanks for sharing your ideas.

  7. Hello there! This article could not be written any better! Going through this article reminds me of my previous roommate! He continually kept talking about this. I most certainly will send this post to him. Pretty sure he will have a great read. Thanks for sharing!

  8. MetroClick specializes in building completely interactive products like Photo Booth for rental or sale, Touch Screen Kiosks, Large Touch Screen Displays , Monitors, Digital Signages and experiences. With our own hardware production facility and in-house software development teams, we are able to achieve the highest level of customization and versatility for Photo Booths, Touch Screen Kiosks, Touch Screen Monitors and Digital Signage. Visit MetroClick in NYC at http://www.metroclick.com/ or , 121 Varick St, New York, NY 10013, +1 646-843-0888.

  9. Sapid Agency is a Search Engine Optimization company in New York City that provides SEO Services. Their proprietary SEO strategies help struggling websites and aspiring business owners to rank their websites higher in multiple search engines like Google , Yahoo and Bing. They provide local and gmb map ranking for businesses in NYC and many other local areas. Find more at https://www.sapidagency.com/ @ 145 E 57TH NEW YORK, NY 10022, USA, +1 971 341 5608 USA

  10. I blog quite often and I truly appreciate your content. Your article has really peaked my interest. I’m going to book mark your website and keep checking for new information about once per week. I opted in for your Feed too.

  11. After I initially left a comment I seem to have clicked the -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox and now each time a comment is added I get four emails with the exact same comment. Is there an easy method you can remove me from that service? Cheers.

  12. Faytech North America is a touch screen Manufacturer of both monitors and pcs. They specialize in the design, development, manufacturing and marketing of Capacitive touch screen, Resistive touch screen, Industrial touch screen, IP65 touch screen, touchscreen monitors and integrated touchscreen PCs. Contact them at http://www.faytech.us, 121 Varick Street, New York, NY 10013, +1 646 205 3214.

  13. magnificent post, very informative. I wonder why
    the other specialists of this sector do not understand this.

    You should continue your writing. I’m sure, you have a great
    readers’ base already!

  14. Hey there! This post could not be written any better!

    Reading this post reminds me of my old room mate!
    He always kept talking about this. I will forward this page to him.
    Pretty sure he will have a good read. Many thanks
    for sharing!

  15. I blog quite often and I genuinely appreciate your content. This article has truly peaked my interest. I’m going to bookmark your blog and keep checking for new details about once a week. I subscribed to your Feed as well.

  16. I merely intend to inform you that I am new to wordpress blogging and extremely liked your write-up. Likely I am most likely to store your blog post . You certainly have outstanding article blog posts. Acknowledge it for giving out with us your very own internet post

  17. Oh my goodness! Impressive article dude! Thanks, However I am experiencing troubles with your RSS. I don’t understand the reason why I cannot subscribe to it. Is there anyone else getting the same RSS problems? Anyone who knows the solution will you kindly respond? Thanks!!

  18. MetroClick specializes in building completely interactive products like Photo Booth for rental or sale, Touch Screen Kiosks, Large Touch Screen Displays , Monitors, Digital Signages and experiences. With our own hardware production facility and in-house software development teams, we are able to achieve the highest level of customization and versatility for Photo Booths, Touch Screen Kiosks, Touch Screen Monitors and Digital Signage. Visit MetroClick in NYC at http://www.metroclick.com/ or , 121 Varick St, New York, NY 10013, +1 646-843-0888.

  19. Someone necessarily help to make seriously posts I would
    state. This is the first time I frequented your web page and
    so far? I surprised with the analysis you made to
    make this particular post incredible. Excellent process!

  20. An outstanding share! I’ve just forwarded this onto a friend who had been conducting a little research on this. And he in fact bought me dinner because I stumbled upon it for him… lol. So let me reword this…. Thank YOU for the meal!! But yeah, thanks for spending some time to discuss this subject here on your site.

  21. Hello there! This post couldn’t be written any better! Looking at this post reminds me of my previous roommate! He constantly kept talking about this. I’ll forward this information to him. Pretty sure he’s going to have a great read. Thanks for sharing!

  22. I do not know whether it’s just me or if everyone else encountering problems
    with your blog. It seems like some of the written text in your content are running off the screen. Can someone else please
    comment and let me know if this is happening to them too? This may be a
    issue with my web browser because I’ve had this happen before.

    Appreciate it

  23. I have to thank you for the efforts you’ve put in writing this website. I am hoping to see the same high-grade blog posts by you later on as well. In truth, your creative writing abilities has motivated me to get my own, personal site now 😉

  24. Oh my goodness! Awesome article dude! Thanks, However I am having issues with your RSS. I don’t know the reason why I am unable to join it. Is there anybody else having similar RSS issues? Anybody who knows the solution can you kindly respond? Thanx!!

  25. Faytech North America is a touch screen Manufacturer of both monitors and pcs. They specialize in the design, development, manufacturing and marketing of Capacitive touch screen, Resistive touch screen, Industrial touch screen, IP65 touch screen, touchscreen monitors and integrated touchscreen PCs. Contact them at http://www.faytech.us, 121 Varick Street, New York, NY 10013, +1 646 205 3214.

  26. I just intend to notify you that I am new to putting up a blog and absolutely enjoyed your review. More than likely I am going to remember your blog post . You undoubtedly have fantastic article materials. Truly Appreciate it for expressing with us your favorite site write-up

  27. Sapid Agency is a Search Engine Optimization company in New York City that provides SEO Services. Their proprietary SEO strategies help struggling websites and aspiring business owners to rank their websites higher in multiple search engines like Google , Yahoo and Bing. They provide local and gmb map ranking for businesses in NYC and many other local areas. Find more at https://www.sapidagency.com/ @ 145 E 57TH NEW YORK, NY 10022, USA, +1 971 341 5608 USA

  28. I truly love your blog.. Very nice colors & theme. Did you make this site yourself? Please reply back as I’m trying to create my very own site and would like to know where you got this from or what the theme is named. Cheers!

  29. I’m amazed, I must say. Seldom do I encounter a blog that’s both educative and entertaining, and without a doubt, you’ve hit the nail on the head. The problem is something which too few men and women are speaking intelligently about. I am very happy that I came across this in my search for something concerning this.|

  30. You’re so interesting! I do not believe I’ve read through anything like this before. So good to find another person with genuine thoughts on this topic. Really.. many thanks for starting this up. This site is one thing that is required on the web, someone with a little originality.

  31. I’ve been surfing online greater than 3 hours
    nowadays, yet I by no means discovered any fascinating article like yours.
    It is beautiful worth enough to me. I think,
    if all webmasters and bloggers made good written content as you did, the
    net will likely be much more helpful than in the past.

    Here is my web blog :: Travelers Notebook Set

  32. This is the perfect webpage for anyone who wishes to find out about this topic. You realize a whole lot its almost tough to argue with you (not that I really will need to…HaHa). You certainly put a brand new spin on a topic that’s been discussed for years. Excellent stuff, just excellent.

  33. Oh my goodness! Amazing article dude! Thank you, However I am encountering difficulties with your RSS. I don’t understand why I can’t subscribe to it. Is there anybody else having the same RSS problems? Anyone who knows the answer can you kindly respond? Thanks!!

  34. I blog often and I seriously appreciate your content. Your article has truly peaked my interest. I will bookmark your site and keep checking for new details about once a week. I subscribed to your RSS feed as well.|

Leave a Reply

XHTML: You can use these tags: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>