Here at EyeHub, we understand how important your vision is to you. That’s why use state-of-the-art equipment to give you the most accurate diagnosis possible. Lead ophthalmologist, Dr. Sonia Moorthy, has years of experience in treating glaucoma, so you can rest assured that you’re in good hands. Dr. Moorthy will take the time to fully explain your options and answer any questions you may have so that you can make an informed decision about your treatment.
Glaucoma is a progressive degeneration of the optic nerve and is usually the result of raised eye pressure. The most common type of glaucoma is termed ‘primary’ as there is no specific cause. There are also secondary causes of glaucoma including angle closure, trauma and cataract, as well as other eye conditions.
Glaucoma can lead to blindness if left untreated, but early diagnosis and treatment can often help to preserve vision.
The main challenge of glaucoma is that there are often no symptoms early in the disease process. The peripheral vision is first affected and it may not be until the disease has advanced that vision loss is noticed. Unfortunately, once the vision has been lost it is not reversible. If left untreated, eventually this can lead to blindness.
Occasionally patients may notice non-specific symptoms such as headaches, tiredness of the eyes, haloes around lights at night and patchy vision. If any of these symptoms are experienced, please get in touch with our team for a consultation.
Overall, there have been a variety of different treatment options available for glaucoma, and the most appropriate option will vary depending on the specific case. In general, the goal of treatment is to lower eye pressure in order to prevent or reduce damage to the optic nerve. Lead ophthalmologist at EyeHub, Dr Sonia Moorthy uses selective laser trabeculoplasty (SLT), a laser procedure, as first line treatment. A combination of laser and surgery may be necessary in some cases. Should management need to be scaled up, the surgical option is MIGS (minimally invasive glaucoma surgery), a relatively new surgical technique that has shown promise in treating glaucoma with a good body’s of published clinical evidence.
At EyeHub, we are passionate about providing quality vision care to the Sunshine Coast community. We believe that everyone deserves to have access to attentive and friendly eye care, which is why we strive to create a welcoming and supportive environment in our Buderim practice. We understand the importance of feeling safe and comfortable when restoring your vision, which is why we go above and beyond to make sure that our patients feel cared for and supported.
The optic nerve is responsible for sending visual information from the eye to the brain. Once damage to the optic nerve occurs, it is permanent and vision loss is irreversible. Glaucoma is a condition that damages the optic nerve, oftentimes causing blindness. Though there is no cure for Glaucoma, there are treatments available that can help to prevent further damage to the optic nerve and slow the progression of vision loss.
While there is currently no way to restore vision that has been lost due to Glaucoma, researchers are working on ways to regenerate the optic nerve. However, at this time, there is no conclusive evidence that this will be possible. As a result, it is important for people at risk for Glaucoma to be monitored and treated by an eye specialist in order to prevent vision loss.
There are many options for glaucoma surgery, and your local ophthalmologist will recommend the best one for your condition. The options for glaucoma surgery with Mr Moorthy at EyeHub includes laser procedures such as Selective laser trabeculoplasty, laser peripheral iridotomy and many more. To learn more about our treatment options and laser procedures for glaucoma, get in touch with the team today for a consultation.
Minimally invasive glaucoma surgery (MIGS) is a newer approach to glaucoma treatment that uses microscopic tools and devices to lower intraocular pressure (IOP).
One benefit of MIGS is that it poses a lower risk of potential surgical complications than traditional glaucoma surgeries. However, MIGS can only be performed in combination with cataract surgery at this time