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Glaucoma treatments can halt progressive damage caused by glaucoma, protecting your most precious resource—your eyesight. Learn more about our advanced glaucoma treatments, customized to you.

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Glaucoma Treatment Specialists

Our Glaucoma Consultants at Chicago Eye Surgeons employs the latest glaucoma lasers and MIGS glaucoma treatments. We invest in state-of-the-art equipment and engage in the latest research to bring you tomorrow’s standard in glaucoma care.

Glaucoma refers to a range of conditions that affect the optic nerve—the most common of which are caused by fluid buildup in the eye, which creates internal pressure that damages the optic nerve. The pressure builds over time, causing progressive damage, and if not treated, can lead to advanced vision loss that cannot be recovered. Treating glaucoma early can prevent significant vision loss, and treatments available now are better than ever before.

Individualized Care

At Chicago Eye Surgeons, individualized care is our standard. Trained in advanced surgical techniques, our specialists can create the most precise, individualized treatment plan for you.

What Treatments Are Available?

Glaucoma is not a single disease but a variety of conditions with the same symptoms. We tailor treatments to the specific type and severity of your condition. Glaucoma is commonly treated with medicated eye drops, but when medication is no longer effective, advanced treatments can halt the progression of damage caused by glaucoma.

Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty (SLT)

Selective laser trabeculoplasty is a laser treatment for open-angle glaucoma that improves drainage through the eye’s natural drainage canal. The laser targets drainage tissue in the eye, making fluid flow easier and reducing eye pressure. SLT is a convenient outpatient procedure with minimal side effects.

Laser Peripheral Iridotomy (LPI)

Laser peripheral iridotomy is a procedure that treats narrow-angle glaucoma by creating a tiny hole through the iris. This microscopic opening allows fluid to flow more easily to the drainage angle in the eye, helping to manage eye pressure. LPI is a relatively simple outpatient procedure with minimal discomfort and an effective and convenient option for managing narrow-angle glaucoma.

Minimally Invasive Glaucoma Surgery (MIGS)

Minimally invasive glaucoma surgeries are a group of surgeries that use microscopic-sized equipment and tiny incisions to relieve internal pressure in the eye. MIGS are more recent, advanced treatments that are less invasive, have a quicker recovery, and result in fewer complications than more invasive procedures.

At Chicago Eye Surgeons, we perform MIGS procedures with cataract surgery to address both conditions simultaneously, reducing the need for additional surgeries. During surgery, a miniscule device called the Hydrus® Microstent is implanted in the eye’s drainage system. The device creates a pathway to aid drainage and relieve the buildup of intraocular pressure, making it an effective treatment for managing mild to moderate open-angle glaucoma.

These advanced devices are minimally invasive, reducing the risk of complications and speeding up your recovery so you can get back to your day-to-day life with a brand-new outlook.

What can I expect from glaucoma treatments?

Glaucoma is a permanent condition that cannot be reversed or cured. Treatments for glaucoma release pressure built up in your eye, preventing pressure from expanding and causing more damage to your vision. In some cases, patients report improved vision simply from the release of built-up pressure.

Which treatment is best for me?

Which procedure your surgeon recommends depends on whether you have narrow-angle (or angle-closure) glaucoma, in which the angle between the iris and cornea is closed, blocking fluid draining from the eye—or open-angle glaucoma, in which the eye’s drainage canal becomes clogged over time. The severity of your glaucoma also impacts which treatment would be best.

Acute angle-closure glaucoma is a medical emergency that occurs when drainage is blocked, and pressure can rapidly increase. If you experience intense and sudden eye pain, headache, and distorted vision, call emergency medical services immediately.

Don’t resign yourself to living with impairments caused by glaucoma. Schedule a consultation appointment with our Glaucoma Consultants at Chicago or by calling 773-775-9755.