Glaucoma In Turkey

Often, glaucoma is not accompanied by any symptoms. Our ophthalmologists have expertise in all types of glaucoma: congenital, combined mechanism, narrow-angle, open-angle and normal tension. We have extensive experience with surgically implanted valves for glaucoma and offer new approaches to using these devices.

What causes Glaucoma?

Glaucoma is a type of optic neuropathy. It is an eye disease that occurs with increased intraocular pressure and leads to blindness if left untreated.

There are several types of glaucoma, but they all share certain characteristics, including damage to the optic nerve that causes irreversible vision loss. This damage is visible in the appearance of an excavation at the head of the optic nerve seen at the back of the eye.

When the nerve fibers of the optic nerve die, there is a deterioration in vision. This visual deficit is noticeable only after a large number of fibers have already disappeared. Often, the individual will notice their loss of peripheral vision only when it has progressed to central vision. So a person can have glaucoma without even knowing it, which is why glaucoma is a sneaky disease

 

 

 

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Glaucoma Treatment & Surgery

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Doctor may use prescription eye drops, oral medications, laser surgery, or microsurgery to lower pressure in your eye

Treatment usually begins with topical treatment and if the damage continues, laser or surgical treatment is applied.

The treatment to be applied depends on the patient's condition. Early or late diagnosis, age of the patient and correct medication use are important factors in choosing the treatment method.

Laser SLT (selective laser trabeculoplasty) is an alternative treatment option in glaucoma. It provides a supportive solution in cases where treatment is not sufficient in patients using medication. Only open angle glaucoma can be applied. SLT, which is highly effective in properly selected patients, is a simple 3-4 minute treatment method and has no side effects or damage.

 

What should glaucoma patients pay attention to?

The drops should be applied as directed by the doctor.

If there are complaints such as bleeding and burning due to medication, the drug should not be discontinued and the doctor should be informed.

If it is necessary to use more than one drop for treatment, there should be 5 minutes between two drops.

Systemic diseases such as hypertension, diabetes and asthma should be treated. It is recommended to comply with general health rules such as exercise, regular sleep, and not smoking.

Patients with glaucoma, hypertension and diabetes in their family should definitely undergo an eye examination once a year.

Some medications you use can cause high eye pressure. Therefore, take your medications to your ophthalmologist.

 

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