Glaucoma is a condition caused by high intraocular pressure (IOP) that results in optic nerve damage, which, without effective treatment from an optometrist, can lead to progressive, irreversible vision loss. The second leading cause of blindness in the United States, glaucoma is typically managed with either eye drops or through laser surgery, though medical professionals are constantly researching and developing new methods for controlling the condition.
In today’s blog post, Alderwood Optical & Canyon Park Vision Clinic takes a look at the future of glaucoma treatment and management.
Bimatoprost Sustained-Release Implant
This innovative treatment method seeks to overcome some of the limitations associated with daily topical medications. In clinical trials, 40% of the patients who were administered Bimatoprost had their IOP controlled with one single implant after a year. At two years, 28% were medication free and did not require re-treatment. This treatment method has the potential to replace eye drops in the future.
Minimally Invasive Glaucoma Surgery
Standard surgical procedures such as a trabeculectomy are very often effective at lowering IOP and preventing glaucoma progression. However, they involve a long list of potential complications. In recent years, minimally invasive surgeries have been developed to reduce some of these complications. Since they are fairly new, more follow-up studies are required to see which ones will remain useful for patients. Every eye doctor sees this as a welcome development.
Glaucoma shares several characteristics with other progressive diseases that affect a specific part of the brain. After all, the optic nerve is part of the brain. With that in mind, scientists are looking at new brain treatments that promote nerve health and can improve the functionality of the optic nerve.
Your optical care specialists from Alderwood Optical & Canyon Park Vision Clinic can help preserve your vision. Visit our clinic today for a comprehensive eye exam and a glaucoma test. We’ll measure your IOP and perform a detailed retinal scan to check for signs of the disease.
Call us at (425) 771-8472 or (425) 485-0430. You may also fill out our contact form to request an appointment. We serve residents of Bothell, WA, and the surrounding areas.