Dr. Shannon Smith, our fellowship-trained glaucoma specialist and surgeon, is an experienced and compassionate provider. Dr. Smith has built her reputation on the principle of open communication and state-of-the-art care. A great deal of time is spent with each patient to ensure that there is a total understanding of the disease, which leads to great success and compliance.
If medical therapy for glaucoma is ineffective at halting the ongoing damage to the optic nerve and loss of vision, your eye doctor may recommend glaucoma surgery. There are many different types of surgery for glaucoma. Each one of them is performed in order to lower intraocular pressure.
By lowering intraocular pressure, it is hoped that optic nerve damage and loss of vision can be halted. Often, incisional surgery is recommended after attempts with medications or laser are unsuccessful.
The goal of incisional glaucoma surgery is to create a small passage for fluid from within the eye to pass unimpeded into the outer layers of the eye. In a sense, this channel bypasses the trabecular meshwork, which is the tiny drain within the eye which is impaired in glaucoma. When successful, this lowers intraocular pressure and preserves vision.
Glaucoma is known as the “sneak thief of sight”. In its early stages there are no symptoms and if left untreated, can lead to blindness.
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