Glaucoma in its early stages symptoms can be difficult to recognize. Those affected by glaucoma are frequently unawarre that they have the condition, as loss of vision typically occurs gradually. Without treatment, glaucoma permanently damages the optic nerve, which leads to to blindness. If detected early enough the progress of the disease can be stemmed by medical and surgical means.
Glaucoma Surgery reduces ocular pressure by opening the blocked drainage passages, allowing fluids to pass through and exit the eye.The three primary methods of glaucoma surgery are:
Trabeculectomy: The removal of tissue using an incision to allow fluid drainage through the eye.
Tube-shunt Surgery (seton glaucoma surgery): A tube is inserted into the eye by incision and allows fluid to drain from the eye.
Laser Trabeculectomy: Tissue is burned in order to alow fluid drainage from the eye.