Eye drops vs. surgery: which glaucoma treatment is right for you?

glaucoma eye dropsAlthough eye drops are often the first choice in treating glaucoma, they aren’t the best method of treatment for everyone.

Glaucoma eye drops are designed to reduce intraocular pressure (IOP), which if left untreated can weaken the optic nerve that translates pictures to the brain. The drops enter through the blood vessels on the surface of the eye, sending a small amount of the medication into the bloodstream. This can cause issues with heart rate and breathing in certain patients, making them less ideal candidates for eye drop treatment. Only a physician can determine what treatment method is best for you.

Surgery can eliminate the need for glaucoma eye drops, and should be one of the options discussed with your physician. Schedule an appointment with your physician today to find the most appropriate treatment.

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