I Have Both Cataracts and Glaucoma. How Can I Treat Them?
Our team of detail-attentive, experienced eye specialists is devoted to your health and happiness. So, whether you suffer from cataracts, glaucoma, or both (or any other ocular concern), we’d love to help get you back in tip-top shape. Contact us today at Focal Point Vision, or pay us an in-person visit in San Antonio, TX.
How do cataracts occur, and how does traditional cataract surgery or laser-assisted cataract surgery help restore your vision?
Cataracts are an age-related affliction and the world’s number one cause of blindness. They begin developing in one’s 40s as the proteins in the eye’s lens start breaking down. They then form clumps that produce cloudy spots on one’s vision. Without proper care, they cloud an ever-larger portion of the eye and eventually cause blindness.
But you don’t have to resign yourself to this fate because our expert ophthalmologists have performed countless cataract surgeries for patients who have gone on to enjoy a vastly improved quality of life.
The surgery itself is simple, safe, and effective. Whether you receive the traditional version or laser-assisted cataract surgery, one thing’s clear. Actually, two things are clear: your post-procedure eyesight and the fact that you’ll be able to enjoy all your favorite activities with renewed vigor. The procedure involves cutting a small flap on the eye, then using ultrasound or laser energy to destroy the cataracts and clouded lens. We’ll then replace the latter with a premium intraocular lens, immune from future cataracts, which may also free you from glasses or lenses in San Antonio, TX.
What is glaucoma, and what are your options for regaining your ocular health?
Unlike cataracts, glaucoma is a grouping of conditions that create high pressure within the eye due to fluid retention, placing undue stress on the optic nerve, which links the eye and brain. Unfortunately, its development may not always be obvious. It’s known as the “silent thief of sight” because it sneakily damages the eyes until potentially irreparable damage has already been done.
So, without apparent symptoms, side effects, or any overt warning, glaucoma can rob individuals of their vision. It will begin causing visual disturbances, such as permanent blind spots, and if left untreated, it will eventually lead to total blindness.
There are various types of minimally invasive glaucoma surgeries or MIGS. And we’re excited to offer the state-of-the-art OMNI Surgical System, which can be combined with cataract surgery. Using OMNI, our ocular experts make numerous tiny incisions to relieve the pressure within the eye before it can cause trauma to the essential optic nerve.
One MIGS treatment is the iStent®, an outpatient procedure that can accompany cataract surgery since we can cut a single flap on the eye and use it to perform both procedures. The iStent Micro-Bypass device itself is an implant that helps fluids drain from the eye’s inner meshwork (trabecular meshwork). Similarly, a Kahook Dual Blade (KDB) goniotomy relies on one incision to create an opening in the natural drainage pathway of your eye, releasing fluid and pressure.
ExPRESS Shunt involves making a small flap in the eye, just a fraction of an inch in width, to insert the ExPRESS Shunt device. It acts as a channel to relieve the intraocular pressure (IOP) that gradually damages your optic nerve.
Alternatively, via a selective laser trabeculoplasty (SLT), we can create laser-mediated “micro-injuries” in the eye’s trabecular meshwork. However, you shouldn’t consider these real injuries because their purpose is to trigger the eye’s natural healing response and create healthy new tissue.
Get in touch with us as soon as possible for top-quality eye care
There are numerous considerations to be weighed for those with both cataracts and glaucoma. But we carefully evaluate our patients’ unique needs, histories, and lifestyle factors to create a customized treatment plan just for you. So, don’t suffer any longer; contact us today at one of our Focal Point Vision locations in San Antonio, TX, and let us help correct your eyesight.