How is glaucoma treated?
The goal of glaucoma treatment is to preserve and optimize the vision and sight in the affected eyes. Your ophthalmologist will provide you with the best treatment option for your child, which may include one of the following:
Glaucoma can be treated with eye drops. The goal of eye drops is to lower the pressure in the eye either by reducing the amount of fluid that is produced or by improving fluid drainage.
The goal of surgery is to create an opening for fluid to drain from the eye. This can be accomplished with conventional surgery in an operating room or with laser surgery.
Glaucoma surgery in the operating room
Ophthalmologists use microsurgical instruments to create a new opening for the fluid to drain from the eye.
Laser surgery for glaucoma
There are three types of laser surgery:
- Trabeculotomy: A laser treats the drainage angle to let fluid drain easier.
- Iridotomy: A small hole is created in the iris (the colored part of the eye) to help fluid get to the drainage angle easier.
- Cyclophotocoagulation: A laser freezes parts of the eye that makes fluid; this reduces the amount of fluid that is produced.
Why choose Children’s Hospital Colorado for your child’s glaucoma?
Children’s Colorado has 100% pediatric-trained specialists and equipment designed just for kids. From the clinic to the patient rooms, our hospital was built and designed to be the most healing environment for children and their families.
A team of eye experts
At Children’s Colorado’s Department of Ophthalmology, you have access to an entire team of eye experts. Our ophthalmologists are specially trained to diagnose and treat a wide range of eye disorders in kids.