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Glaucoma Treatment in Dubai

Learn more about glaucoma and the most effective glaucoma treatments in Dubai

Glaucoma, a progressive eye condition characterized by damage to the optic nerve, can lead to permanent vision loss if left untreated. Prioritizing timely treatment can help prevent complications and maintain the quality of life of the affected individual. 

It is also important to know that glaucoma is a chronic (ongoing) condition that requires lifelong monitoring and treatment. People with glaucoma must work with their ophthalmologists or eye doctors to find a treatment plan that is right for them.

Our glaucoma specialists in Dubai combine cutting-edge solutions and expert care, empowering you and your loved ones to enjoy improved eye health and overall well-being.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Glaucoma

What is glaucoma?

In glaucoma, the internal ocular fluid (different from tears) that normally flows through the front section of the eye does not drain properly. This causes a buildup of pressure in the eye that can damage the optic nerve and lead to vision loss.

Your glaucoma specialist in Dubai will use a series of painless tests and exams to check you for glaucoma. Other tests may be done if your doctor suspects you may have glaucoma-related damage.

Vision loss is usually preventable if glaucoma is detected early. There is no “cure” for glaucoma, but early detection and ongoing treatment can control the disease and usually preserve vision, or postpone the deterioration.

Treatments for glaucoma include medication and surgery. The best treatment for each patient is determined by a number of factors, including the type and severity of glaucoma, and the person’s medical history and lifestyle.

  • Open-angle glaucoma usually has no symptoms until vision loss has occurred.
  • Approximately 80,000 Americans are legally blind from glaucoma. The incidence is higher in other countries. Many more have visual impairments.
  • Seniors, African-Americans, and those with a family history of glaucoma are at higher risk for the primary disease and should have screening eye exams more often.
  • Medications for glaucoma — even eye drops — can affect the whole body and may interact with other medications. It is very important for all your doctors to be aware of any medication you take. Secondary glaucoma may result as a side effect from systemic diseases and from certain systemic medications.
What are the symptoms of glaucoma?

Specialists report that most people who have glaucoma do not notice any symptoms until they begin to lose some vision.

As optic nerve fibers are damaged by glaucoma, small blind spots may begin to develop, usually in the side – or peripheral – vision.

Many people do not notice the blind spots until significant optic nerve damage has already occurred. If the entire nerve is destroyed, blindness results.

Another type of glaucoma, acute angle-closure glaucoma, does produce noticeable symptoms. In angle-closure glaucoma, there is a rapid buildup of pressure in the eye (called intraocular pressure or IOP), which may cause any of the following:

  • Blurred vision
  • Severe eye pain
  • Headache
  • Haloes (which may appear as rainbows) around lights
  • Nausea and vomiting

Angle-closure glaucoma is a rare but serious form of glaucoma. If you have any of these symptoms, call your ophthalmologist immediately. Unless treated quickly, this specific form of glaucoma can result in blindness.

Can glaucoma be treated by surgery?

For some people, surgery might be the best treatment for glaucoma. Your ophthalmologist may suggest surgery as your first glaucoma treatment in Dubai or after trying medication to lower your IOP.