Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness in the United States, with African Americans and Hispanics at greater risk than Caucasians. Screening for glaucoma is a regular part of our comprehensive eye examination at Park Ophthalmology. Triangle area patients need to know that they are in expert hands when they make an appointment at the offices of Dr. Beth R. Friedland. Dr. Friedland has authored the chapter on Glaucoma Medications in The Textbook of Ocular Pharmacology and also serves at UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine as a Clinical Associate Professor.
Often the first line of treatment for glaucoma typically involves applying medications to lower the pressure that causes damage to the optic nerve. In certain cases, surgery will be recommended to reduce the elevated eye pressures.
To ease patients’ concerns about surgery, Dr. Friedland provides three key points about the procedure:
- Conventional or Laser Surgery: Depending on the type and severity of the glaucoma, Dr. Friedland will recommend either conventional or laser surgery. In both types of surgery, Beth R. Friedland M.D. creates a small hole in the eye’s drainage system to allow fluid to escape clogged drainage canals.
- In-office procedure: In most cases, glaucoma surgery is an out-patient procedure performed in the Park Ophthalmology office. Following the surgery, the eye will be covered and treated with antibiotics. The patient will protect the eye with a shield that needs to be worn at night for up to a month following surgery. Activities that can jar the eye, such as bending, lifting or straining, should be avoided during this time.
- After-care: Patients return to the office for a checkup the day after surgery. Although there will be mild discomfort after the procedure, severe paint can be a sign of complications and should be reported to the office immediately when noticed. Dr. Friedland will advise patients on how long they need to wear the eye shield.
Both glaucoma and associated surgery can be upsetting, but Dr. Friedland and the staff at the Raleigh-Durham offices of Park Ophthalmology have a wealth of experience in treating this eye disease. Call the office today and talk with our friendly staff to find out about treatment options.
Park Ophthalmology welcomes patients from all areas of the Triangle and offers a wide variety of specialized services including surgery for diseases of the eye, vision examinations, eye safety information, sports medicine protective eyewear and counseling, contact lenses and evaluation, and all types of ocular diagnosis and treatment. Many types of surgery are available, including cataract and laser surgery. We are here for you and your eye and overall health. Give us a call today!
This article about the vision care is brought to you by the professional team at Park Ophthalmology located in the Triangle Region of North Carolina.
The material contained in this blog article is intended solely for informational purposes and is not intended to be offered as medical advice.
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