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Glaucoma Treatments

Glaucoma Overview

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Early detection and timely management of glaucoma are essential to helping patients preserve their vision against this insidious group of diseases. As a highly trained glaucoma subspecialist, Richard Gordon is able to pinpoint the exact type of glaucoma from which a patient is suffering, even in its earliest stages, and prescribe the most effective course of treatment before irreparable damage is done to the optic nerve.

What Is Glaucoma Subspecialty?

Dr. Richard Gordon is a glaucoma subspecialist, meaning he has undertaken years of specialized training in glaucoma diagnosis and management. He is experienced in using laser technology, implanted devices, and other methods of treating glaucoma.

Laser Iridotomy

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If you suffer from closed-angle glaucoma, or if you are at high risk of this condition, Dr. Gordon may suggest that you undergo a laser iridotomy. He uses a laser to create an opening in the outer edge of the iris, which improves fluid drainage and lowers the intraocular pressure that can cause damage to the optic nerve.

Trabeculectomy

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Dr. Gordon may recommend a trabeculectomy in certain cases of both open-angle and closed-angle glaucoma. During this procedure, he refines tissue to allow ocular fluid to drain out of the eye and into the tears, relieving pressure and helping to prevent damage to the optic nerve.

Trabeculoplasty

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Trabeculoplasty is a laser procedure used to treat patients with open-angle glaucoma. During treatment, Dr. Gordon removes a small amount of tissue from the trabecular meshwork, the tissue at the base of the cornea, to improve drainage and reduce intraocular pressure.

iStent®

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The iStent® is used to increase the flow of fluid from the eye to reduce intraocular pressure. iStent® is so tiny that patients will not see or feel it, resulting in a comfortable glaucoma solution. iStent® provides long-term relief from glaucoma, and can minimize your need for eye drops, oral medications, or additional surgery.

Nonsurgical Treatments

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Patients with less advanced cases of glaucoma can often find relief through nonsurgical treatments. Glaucoma eye drops can relax ocular muscles, reduce fluid production, or improve circulation. Some patients require oral medications which can be used in conjunction with eyedrops.