Glaucoma is a silent killer of vision. Untreated glaucoma may lead to complete blindness. It is possible to stop it if diagnosed in time and treated properly. Unfortunately, a lot of patients do not receive sufficient treatment and, on the other hand, part of the patients receives unnecessary treatment.
Before your Glaucoma Surgery in Prague, it is required to perform an OCT (optical coherence tomograph) examination in order to determine proper treatment; your retina and optic nerve will be examined by means of a laser ray. Our eye clinic disposes of excellent and proven Carl Zeiss Stratus OCT3 device. The OCT examination can help doctors make the right decision and find the best for your eyes. The price of the examination is included in your Glaucoma Surgery in Prague. Our eye specialists treat glaucoma with surgery and laser in complicated cases of glaucoma.
The surgery involves either laser treatment or making a cut in the eye to reduce the intraocular pressure. The type of surgery your doctor recommends will depend on the type and severity of your glaucoma and the general health of your eye.
Surgery can help lower pressure when medication is not sufficient. However, it cannot reverse vision loss.
Laser Glaucoma Surgery
Doctors often recommend laser surgery before filtering microsurgery, unless the eye pressure is very high or the optic nerve is badly damaged. During laser surgery, a focused beam of light is used to make a very small burn or opening in the eyeâ€™s trabecular meshwork (the eyeâ€™s drainage system).This helps increase the flow of fluid out of the eye.
Conventional Glaucoma Surgery
In contrast, conventional glaucoma surgery (filtering microsurgery) involves creating a drainage hole with the use of a small surgical tool. This new opening allows the intraocular fluid to bypass the clogged drainage canals and flow out of this new, artificial drainage canal.
When laser surgery does not successfully lower eye pressure, or the pressure begins to rise again, the doctor may recommend to remove glaucoma by a conventional surgery. If necessary, glaucoma surgery can be done several times without substantial risk.
More general information about the treatment can be found on Glaucoma.org webpages.
Glaucoma Surgery Abroad â€“ Treatment Plan
The specific treatment plan for your glaucoma removal will be created when we receive your medical reports and when you complete our Medical Consultation Form (Medical Questionnaire). We will need you to stay in Prague for about 2 weeks. The 1st day after your arrival you will have a comprehensive eye examination, including an OCT and a General Health Examination (or you can bring a recommendation from your GP).
The surgery takes place in an ambulatory setting. It takes about 10 minutes. The patient can leave the clinic immediately after the surgery. Next day is post-operative check up and then several check ups before you leave.
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In complicated cases there may be extra charges for additional tests and treatment.
What are the symptoms of glaucoma?
Glaucoma is a complicated disease in which damage to the optic nerve results in vision loss. There are several forms of glaucoma; the two most common forms are primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG) and angle- closure glaucoma (ACG).
Symptoms of Primary Open-Angle Glaucoma
There are typically no early warning signs or symptoms of open-angle glaucoma. It develops slowly and sometimes without noticeable sight loss for many years. Most people who have open-angle glaucoma feel fine and do not notice a change in their vision at first because the initial loss of vision is of side or peripheral vision, and the visual acuity or sharpness of vision is maintained until late in the disease. By the time a patient is aware of vision loss, the disease is usually quite advanced. Unfortunately, vision loss from glaucoma is not reversible with treatment, even with surgery.
Because open-angle glaucoma has few warning signs or symptoms before damage has occurred, it is important to see a doctor for regular eye examinations. If glaucoma is detected during an eye exam, your eye doctor can prescribe a preventative treatment to help protect your vision.
In open-angle glaucoma, the angle in your eye where the iris meets the cornea is as wide and open as it should be, but the eye's drainage canals become clogged over time, causing an increase in internal eye pressure and subsequent damage to the optic nerve. It is the most common type of glaucoma, affecting about four million Americans, many of whom do not know they have the disease. You are at increased risk of glaucoma if your parents or siblings have the disease, if you are African-American or Latino, and possibly if you are diabetic or have cardiovascular disease. The risk of glaucoma also increases with age.
Symptoms of Angle-Closure Glaucoma
Angle-closure glaucoma is caused by blocked drainage canals in the eye, resulting in a sudden rise in intraocular pressure. This is a much more rare form of glaucoma, which develops very quickly and demands immediate medical attention.
In contrast with open-angle glaucoma, symptoms of acute angle-closure glaucoma are very noticeable and damage occurs quickly. If you experience any of these symptoms, seek immediate care from an ophthalmologist.
If you are diagnosed with glaucoma, it is important to set a regular schedule of examinations with your eye doctor to monitor your condition and make sure that your prescribed treatment is effectively maintaining a safe eye pressure. It is required to perform an OCT (optical coherence tomograph) examination in order to determine proper treatment.
Glaucoma is a complicated disease in which damage to the optic nerve results in vision loss. There are several forms of glaucoma; the two most common forms are primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG) and angle- closure glaucoma (ACG). Symptoms of Primary ...