Excimer offers programs of simultaneous surgical treatment of such eye diseases as cataract and glaucoma.
The patients no longer have to choose between the condition that they would like to treat first.
Co-occurrence of cataract and glaucoma is not uncommon. Cataract, or partial or complete clouding of the eye lens, is one of the most widely encountered age-related eye diseases. Glaucoma develops as a result of increased intraocular pressure, mostly in elderly people, however, it may affect young people as well.
Cataract and glaucoma may co-occur independently of each other, when cataract develops due to age-related changes in a patient that already had glaucoma.
In other cases, glaucoma may occur as a complication of cataract (secondary glaucoma). The lens affected by cataract is not only clouded but increased in its size, thus inhibiting intraocular humor circulation. As a result, intraocular pressure is increased which leads to gradual atrophy of the optic nerve. A major consequence of glaucoma is the so-called tunnel vision, or peripheral vision loss. The brain then no longer receives signals from the optic nerve, and the patient may lose vision irreversibly, if the condition is untreated.
Vision lost due to glaucoma cannot be restored! It is the risk of secondary glaucoma that makes it so dangerous to delay with cataract treatment.
Cataract and glaucoma treatment at Excimer
If cataract and glaucoma are not treated in due time, the consequences may be very bad. A clouded lens dramatically reduces visual acuity, while glaucoma narrows the field of vision, and, as a result, all eye organs are under excess strain. The vision can be lost forever.
Both instances of this condition, i.e. cataract occurrence after existing glaucoma or increase of intraocular pressure due to an enlarged lens, require surgical treatment.
Excimer offers ultrasound cataract phacoemulsification with intraocular lens implantation for patients with co-occurring cataract and secondary glaucoma. The intervention helps eliminate cataract and restore vision acuity. The lens implant is much smaller than the natural crystalline lens, so it does not inhibit humor circulation, and, as a result, intraocular pressure returns to normal values. The intervention helps assess glaucoma without any additional surgeries targeted specifically at glaucoma.
If cataract appeared after the existing glaucoma, Excimer performs two surgeries at the same time, i.e. nonpenetrating deep sclerectomy for glaucoma and ultrasound phacoemulsification for cataract. Nonpenetrating deep sclerectomy helps restore natural humor equilibrium for open angle glaucoma and normalize intraocular pressure. Excimer also uses state-of-the-art drainage devices to increase the effect of glaucoma surgery. Ultrasound phacoemulsification is an effective way to eliminate cataract.
Advantages of simultaneous glaucoma and cataract treatment at Excimer:
- no need for hospitalization;
- no sutures;
- takes only 15 to 20 minutes with eye drop anesthesia. The patient can resume his or her normal lifestyle in no time.
End result – cataract elimination, vision recovery and normalization of intraocular pressure.