Glaucoma Treatment2021-10-05T13:01:22+00:00

What you need to know about glaucoma treatment

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Glaucoma treatment explained

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Who is at risk of glaucoma?

You are at risk of glaucoma if you are:

  • 60 years old or over
  • Of African descent
  • Have a positive family history of glaucoma
  • Have reduced corneal thickness
  • Very short-sighted or very long-sighted
  • Have had prolonged use of steroid eye drops

How does glaucoma treatment work?

If you have glaucoma, we can treat most cases with drops. The drops work by lowering the pressure of the eye back to the target pressure for that eye.

The target pressure is the pressure that we have determined, that will cause no further damage to your vision. It can be different for each eye.

If drops fail to achieve the target pressure, we may have to consider surgery. The surgery involves passing a very fine fibre around the drainage canal and tying it so that the canal drains more effectively. This operation is called a canaloplasty, and we can perform it from inside or outside the eye.

There are also less invasive procedures that can be appropriate. We can discuss these with you if they are relevant to your case.

Increasingly, we offer surgery as the first line of treatment for glaucoma, with drops administered added afterwards if necessary.

Advantages and disadvantages of glaucoma treatment

The treatment of open-angle glaucoma is much better now than it was even five years ago.

Most patients are treated only with drops. If eye drops fail, we may recommend other treatment options such as laser and surgery.

Surgery aims to bypass the blockage in the eye to let the pressure off.

Surgery is considered early if you cannot tolerate the eye drops or if there has been poor compliance with treatment for various reasons.

There is established evidence that eyes that undergo surgery early do better in the long term.

Glaucoma treatment risks

Modern glaucoma treatment is easy and very effective. Most patients with glaucoma retain good vision indefinitely. Only a small number of patients lose significant vision.

The various drops used to treat glaucoma have different side effects. About 1 in 3 patients experience some redness and stinging in their eyes on commencing eye drops for glaucoma. These symptoms tend to improve within 6-8 weeks.

Other side effects include breathlessness if you are asthmatic, sunken eyes, dark rings around the eyes and lengthening of the eye lashes.

You must inform us of any side effects you experience, as you may benefit from a change to alternative treatment.

Treatment options and alternatives

Not having treatment is the greatest risk if you have glaucoma. Although there can be side effects of the treatment, not treating glaucoma almost always leads to irreversible blindness.

Glaucoma treatment results

You won’t go blind.

Glaucoma is a condition that causes the pressure inside the eye to be too high. If left untreated, this excessive pressure can damage the nerve that carries the vision to the brain; in severe cases, this can lead to blindness.

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What do our Glaucoma Patients say?

We are proud to hear we make a meaningful difference to your life

Absolutely fantastic. I was very nervous having my laser treatment for narrow angle glaucoma. The Consultant was wonderful, caring and very understanding. She talked me through the procedure and was extremely patient. Definitely recommend My-iClinic.


I was originally recommended to this Clinic by my optician for urgent Glaucoma treatment. Mr Bolger saved my sight – what more can I say? Since then, I have been seen regularly and had cataract treatment very successfully in both eyes. Ms Odufuwa now sees me every 6 months for a complete check-up, the most recent being last week. The array of the latest machines helps to inform them and track my progress. The staff are friendly, attentive and helpful; the rooms are clean and everything is wiped down before each use – this has always been the case even before the pandemic. I take every opportunity to recommend this Clinic.


I have visited My-iClinic for cataract surgery and glaucoma assessment and both experience have been exemplary. The personal attention to detail is simply First Class. I had double cataract surgery in September 2020. I declined to write a review a couple of weeks later. Now, 10 months later I cannot sing the praises of this clinic highly enough. I had a follow up review which confirmed the initial stages of Glaucoma. I have had a full assessment which included a full field test and shall be monitoring progress in three months. Miss Bola explains issues in simple terms with examples and I noticed on the wall of her consulting room that she gained a Masters from Moorfields to add to her other qualifications in 2018.


Mr Bolger and his Team are very professional and efficient in all aspects. The Clinic is always welcoming and has an up to date feel, After being referred by my Optician I have been a patient of Mr Bolger for the past three years on a Glaucoma plan and always feel that I am getting excellent treatment and sound advice. I have also had a cataract operation at the Clinic which was carried out by Mr Bolger and I would have no hesitation in recommending this procedure.

Mr Laoke

Pleasant reception room, helpful staff and state of the art specialist equipment all make for a relaxing stress-free experience. Excellent treatment for my condition, which is glaucoma. I would recommend My-iClinic without reservation.

Mr Marr-Johnson

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If you’ve been struggling with severe, repeated bouts of blepharitis, then we can help. Our expert ophthalmologists will advise on the blepharitis causes and treatment that are most aligned with your unique case.

To alleviate your irritation, either give us a call or book a consultation with our lovely team today.

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Links to more information about eye conditions…

Educate yourself further by reading the links below

The NHS has provided an excellent overview of glaucoma, including causes, tests, and treatments. Click here for more information.

The National Eye Institute provides a walkthrough of a cataract condition with examples of what your vision may look like, as well as treatment options. Click here for more information.

The National Eye Institute provides a great amount of information regarding macular degeneration. Click here for more information.

For the NHS guide to long-sightedness, click here.

For the NHS guide to short-sightedness, click here.

About Our London Eye Clinic Experts

Meet the My-iClinic founders, Mr John Bolger and Ms Bola Odufuwa. Two consultant eye surgeons who made it their life goal to make your life better.

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Bola Odufuwa-Bolger

Consultant Ophthalmologist
Clinic Director

Bola Odufuwa is a consultant ophthalmologist at The Royal Free Hospital and My-iClinic. Her specialities include cataract, glaucoma, paediatric, and laser refractive surgery. Bola has had extensive training at Moorfields Eye Hospital, London, where she gained expertise in the management of various eye conditions.

Bola Odufuwa’s special interests include optimal refractive outcomes following cataract surgery, non-penetrating glaucoma surgery, and assessment eyesight in children with special needs: particularly dyslexia and autism.

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Mr John Bolger

Consultant Ophthalmologist
Clinic Director

John Bolger is a Consultant Ophthalmologist and Clinic Director at My-iClinic. His specialities include ophthalmology, laser refractive surgery (SMILE, Presbyond, LASIK, PRK, PTK), refractive lens exchange (RLE), cataract surgery, glaucoma treatment and macular degeneration.

Over the course of his career, John Bolger has carried out over 35,000 cataract operations, 20 of which were for eye surgeons. He has also taught over 1500 young ophthalmologists worldwide as they begin their surgical careers.

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