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What are the treatments for glaucoma?

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Different types of medications (in eye drops or pills) are used to treat glaucoma. They work two ways: Some decrease how much fluid the eye makes, others help the fluid flow out better. Typically, the doctor will start you on an eye drop formula. Some people need surgery. Laser trabeculoplasty, done in your doctor's office, uses a laser to improve the flow of fluids out of the eye. Another common procedure is trabeculectomy, where your doctor creates a new drainage path in the eye under the eyelid. This surgery must be done in an operating room. You may still have to take eye drops after surgery to further lower the pressure in your eye.

SOURCES: 

National Eye Institute. 

Glaucoma Research Foundation.

Reviewed by Brian S. Boxer Wachler on December 07, 2017

SOURCES: 

National Eye Institute. 

Glaucoma Research Foundation.

Reviewed by Brian S. Boxer Wachler on December 07, 2017

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