The eyes are our way of seeing the world, and losing vision can be a very scary thing, especially when you wind up with a condition like glaucoma.
Glaucoma is a condition that affects your eyes because of the increase in fluid pressure. The eyes are actually very similar to the brain in that they are filled with fluid, and, just like with the brain, if the pressure of the fluid in the eyes, known as the intraocular pressure, gets too high, optic nerve damage can occur.
This damage can be so severe that it may result in complete loss of vision. The good thing about glaucoma is that if the condition is not too severe, surgery can help you to retain your vision.
That is why it is so important, especially as we grow older, to make sure that a yearly visit to the optometrist is in your plans.
Types of Surgery
The first thing that you should know about glaucoma surgery is that there is more than one type of surgery that can be done.
The first type of conventional surgery, and the second is laser surgery. Which one your ophthalmologist selects depends on the severity of your glaucoma.
Conventional glaucoma surgery is generally only used if the optic nerve is severely damaged, however, because it tends to take much longer for the patient to fully heal. It is an incision surgery which is why those who have bleeding issues are not recommended to undergo it, and there can be more pain than a patient who has undergone a laser surgery may have to contend with.
Laser glaucoma surgery is done only if the severity of the glaucoma is not too high, which is why regular checkups are important as you age. It is a less invasive procedure and has a much smaller recovery time associated with it.
Regardless of which type of surgery you are getting, it is important to follow a few rules. These rules will help you to heal faster and will lessen the chance of having any complications.
Firstly, make sure that you do not plan on driving yourself home. No matter which type of surgery you have had, you will not be able to drive yourself back to your home. A ride should be arranged ahead of time.
It is also a good idea to bring sunglasses with you as well. Some doctors provide their patients with sunglasses, but make sure you ask before you assume that they will have them for you.
The first 48 hours of your recovery time are the most important. This is also a time when you may want to have someone stay with you to help you to get things done.
Your eyes should be resting and you should try to keep the stress level on your eyes as low as possible. There should be no reading, watching television, or computer work.
It is essential that you not rub or touch your eyes during this time and that you use any medications you are given.
The next few weeks can be a trial, as you will not be able to lift things for quite some time and your activity level will have to be slowly risen again.
But thanks to the surgery, however, you will find that your eyesight should be able to be saved.