New Glaucoma Surgery Provides Less Risk
Glaucoma is a leading cause of blindness in the United States. While medication can help, surgery is sometimes necessary. New, minimally invasive glaucoma surgeries can be done at the same time as standard cataract surgery and provide significantly less risk than traditional glaucoma surgery. Some involve the placement of a tiny stent in the eye, while others use endoscopic laser.
Many patients who have been on glaucoma medication for years are able to reduce, and in some cases, eliminate their need for these medications after surgery, says Mark Gonzalez, MD, ophthalmologist with the MedStar Eye Institute.