Glaucoma Treatment Options
Take a Closer Look at Your Glaucoma Treatment Options
Effectively Manage Your Glaucoma
Glaucoma can be successfully treated, but early detection is vital, which is why most eye care professionals check for glaucoma during regular eye exams.
Determining your best glaucoma treatment option begins by talking to your eye care professional, who can help you get a clear and specific understanding of your glaucoma treatment needs. Together, you’ll be able to come up with a plan to manage your condition. If you have been diagnosed with mild-to-moderate glaucoma, there are a few key treatment options that your eye care professional may recommend.
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Prescription Eye Drops
The most common treatment for high intraocular pressure (IOP) and glaucoma is prescription eye drops. When taken as directed, glaucoma eye drops can reduce high intraocular pressure (IOP) — most commonly by decreasing the amount of fluid created or by helping fluid drain from the eye.
Your doctor may prescribe more than one type of medication to manage your glaucoma over time. Be sure to tell your eye care professional if you’re taking other medications that may interfere with glaucoma eye drop medications.
Research has shown that more than 90% of patients are non-adherent with their prescription eye drops for glaucoma, and nearly 50% stop taking their medications before 6 months.1
There are several types of laser treatments available to treat glaucoma. Laser trabeculoplasty is the most common, where a laser is aimed through a special lens and reflected onto the drainage system of the eye. This stimulates a biochemical change that helps fluid drain from your eye.
Micro-Invasive Glaucoma Surgery
The treatment for glaucoma has come a long way. As technology has progressed, less invasive techniques have emerged that have improved the safety profile for glaucoma surgery.
Today, more micro-invasive surgical options are available for patients who are interested in effective glaucoma management without having to rely solely on the continuous use of prescription medication.
Micro-Invasive Glaucoma Surgery (MIGS) has become the preferred approach to glaucoma management for many eye care professionals and their patients with mild-to-moderate glaucoma.2
iStent inject® W is FDA-approved and is one of the smallest medical devices known to be implanted in the human body. Approved for glaucoma patients with cataracts, iStent inject® W is implanted at the time of cataract surgery. You won’t see or feel the stents after they are inserted, but they are designed to effectively manage your intraocular pressure (IOP).
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1. Nordstrom BL, Friedman DS, Mozaffari E, Quigley HA, Walker AM. Persistence and adherence with topical glaucoma therapy. Am J Ophthalmol. 2005;140(4):598-606.
2. Market Scope, 2017 Glaucoma Surgical Device Report