Glaucoma is an eye disease that slowly diminishes sight usually without symptoms. The main determining factor for Glaucoma is elevated eye pressure (IOP) resulting in optic nerve damage, vision loss and in many cases blindness. It is very important that you see your eye doctor regularly and be checked for glaucoma. There are two main types of glaucoma: primary open angle glaucoma and angle closure glaucoma. Treatment options available for glaucoma include medicines (in the form of eye drops or pills), Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty (SLT) therapy or surgery.
Glaucoma Research Foundation
Nerve Fiber Analysis Testing
While the three most common tests for glaucoma (IOP evaluation, visual field analysis, and optic nerve evaluation) are useful, they often do not detect glaucoma early enough. The GDx VCC is the only glaucoma detection technology available that directly and objectively evaluates the nerve fiber layer of the eye. This test is comfortable, does not require drops or pupil dilation and provides results for both eyes within 3 minutes. For the convenience of the patient, SightLine mobilizes this test directly to your eye doctor's office.
Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty (SLT)
The most common treatment is eye drops, however many patients have difficulty taking drops or can’t afford the continued expense of medications. SLT (Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty) is an option for patients who wish to reduce their dependency on glaucoma medications. SLT is a safe and simple 5 minute in-office laser treatment that effectively reduces the pressure in the eye for most patients with open-angle glaucoma. Its use has allowed for an improved quality of life for thousands of patients around the world. Many SLT patients do not need to take medications or at least as many medications following SLT.