Glaucoma is a common progressive condition, causing blindness in both the elderly and the young alike.For many years the treatments consisted of eye drops to lower the pressure inside the eye,which was the main risk factor for progression.
These drops are often difficult to administer, toxic to the surface of the eye, and often forgotten until its time for another appointment with the eye doctor.
Although surgery has been available for Glaucoma, trabeculectomy creates a channel through the white of the eye (sclera) hidden under a flap,this procedure was invented in the 1970's,and carries some significant risks, and often requires repeat visits to get it "just right".
This has provided an opportunity for the innovators to find better ways of treating Glaucoma,including Glaucoma Drainage devices,trabecular stents,suprachoridal stents and intraocular lasers.
The future is looking brighter for Glaucoma sufferers!