Questions about Glaucoma

Is there any way to prevent glaucoma?

Nothing can be done to prevent glaucoma, but it can be slowed with early treatment. Regular eye exams measuring eye pressure are extremely important. Vision loss is irreversible and half of those with glaucoma don't know they have it. The best method of prevention is to get regular exams.

If I have glaucoma, will I become blind?

With the help of your doctor and the proper medications, you should not go blind. Proper treatment relieves the high level of pressure in the eye and will significantly slow future damage. Make sure to have your eyes checked regularly at Kumar Eye Institute so any changes to your eyes can be detected early.

Are there effective treatments for glaucoma?

Treatment can range from medication to surgery. There are many different types of medication including eye drops and pills, which decrease how much fluid is produced in the eye. If medication cannot be used or does not relieve the pressure, surgery may be needed. Trabeculoplasty uses a laser to improve the flow of fluids out of the eye. Another conventional surgery, trabeculectomy creates a new drainage path in the eye under the eyelid. While these treatments may save remaining vision, they do not improve sight already lost from glaucoma.

Can I still wear contact lenses if I have glaucoma?

The continued use of contact lenses will depend on the type of glaucoma treatment selected. You should be able to continue wearing them but some medications must be taken with contact lenses out. Also surgery or medication may affect prescription so new lenses may be needed. The doctors of Kumar Eye Institute are happy to assist you with the management of your vision along with any medication concerns.