Glaucoma Treatment2020-08-05T08:52:47+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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Mr Bolger suggested having cataract surgery on both eyes on the same day and whilst I had concerns, I decided to go ahead. The day after I was able to remove the eye pads and I had perfect vision. I have told many people that it was the best thing I have ever spent my money on. I have needed spectacles or contact lenses since I was 9 years old and now have 20/20 vision with no assistance from spectacles. I would highly recommend the My-iClinic.

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Double cataract removal in September 2018. The total experience from initial consultation to operation was most efficient. The result so far has been exactly as described in the brochure, I've never seen so well. I had glasses from just over 1 year old till now, (80+), what a difference!

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Just discharged after having monovision cataract surgery in both eyes I am delighted with the outcome. I can see both near and far and have been able to dispense with my contact lenses and glasses. I have been well looked after from my first contact. Mr Bolger was very professional and reassuring and I felt at all times that I was in good hands. I cannot fault the whole experience including the charges, which having researched various alternatives, proved to be very reasonable.

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I had high confidence in the team working at My-iClinic due to their attentive and thorough end-to-end service, from the reception desk to the operation theatre. I have recommended the practice already to multiple friends, family members and colleagues. (And my eyesight is better than I even hoped for!)

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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.

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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 the 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

Consultant Ophthalmologist Clinic Director MBBS DO FRCS (Ed) FRCOphth MSc

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 FRCS DO FEBOS -CR

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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