Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness in the world. The disease is more terrifying because its effects could not be reversed. The only hope a patient has is early diagnosis and early preventive measures so that further loss of vision could be prevented.
The problem with measuring internal pressure of the eye is the fact that what is high pressure for one person could be normal pressure for another. Thus, this measurement could not be used as a reliable indication of the presence of Glaucoma.
In almost all cases, surgery is the only long term solution to the problem. Whether the doctor opts for laser surgery or more conventional microsurgery, the patient has to adopt a strict regime of post operation care to preserve the impact of the operation.
Post Operation Care
On the morning after the operation, the eye patch is removed. The patient usually feels slight pain and discomfort at this stage.
The doctor will advise changes in the eye drops and medication. It is important to stick to this routine. The old medication should be discarded as per the advice of the doctor.
DO NOT TOUCH THE EYE, even when the eye hurts and itches. Touching the eye would give rise to infection.
It is natural for the eye to be red and swollen after the operation. This is normal and will go away in a day or two.
Pain management is an important part of post-operation procedures. The patient is given painkillers for reducing pain and inflammation.
The patient should rest for three days after the operation. The normal activities could be resumed after this period.