Glaucoma – The silent thief of vision

Coimbatore, Kochi – Lotus Eye Hospital
Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases that gradually steal sight without warning. Although the most common forms primarily affect the middle-aged and the elderly, Glaucoma can affect people of all ages. “If left untreated Glaucoma can result in irreversible blindness.”
Vision loss is caused by damage to the optic nerve. This nerve connects our eye to the brain, so that the brain receives and perceives the images. A healthy optic nerve is necessary for good vision.


How Is Glaucoma Treated?

  • Glaucoma treatment may include prescription eye drops, laser, or microsurgery. the treatment of choice varies with the type of glaucoma.
  • Eye drops for glaucoma. These either reduce the formation of fluid in the front of the eye or increase its outflow. Thereby reducing the pressure inside the eye Laser surgery for glaucoma.
  • Laser surgery for Glaucoma slightly increases the outflow of the fluid from the eye in open-angle Glaucoma or eliminates fluid blockage in angle-closure glaucoma.
  • Microsurgery for glaucoma. In an operation called a trabeculectomy, a new channel is created to drain the fluid, thereby reducing intraocular pressure that causes glaucoma.

Glaucoma Treatment

  • Medical management
  • YAG Laser iridotomy
  • Trabeculectomy
  • Trabeculectomy with Trabeculotomy for paediatric glaucoma
  • Valve implantation
  • Cyclo-cryo procedure for refractive glaucoma

Glaucoma is detected through a comprehensive eye exam that includes:

Visual acuity test. This eye chart test measures how well you see at various distances. Tonometry. An instrument measures the pressure inside the eye. Numbing drops may be applied to your eye for this test. Visual field test. This test measures your side (peripheral) vision. It helps your eye care professional tell if you have lost side vision, a sign of glaucoma. Dilated eye exam. Drops are placed in your eyes to widen, or dilate, the pupils. Your eye care professional uses a special magnifying lens to examine your retina and optic nerve for signs of damage and other eye problems. Pachymetry. Your eye care professional uses an ultrasonic wave instrument to measure the thickness of your cornea Retinal scan(OCT)- To check the change in thickness of your retina Fundus photography-Photograph of your retina is taken for future reference to document any change in your nerve.

Glaucoma Facilities

Lotus Eye Hospital & Institute in Coimbatore, Ernakulam, Salem, Mettupalayam, Tirupur provides world class care to our patients. Our Glaucoma clinic is well equipped for all the diagnostic and treatment procedures.


  • Applanation Tonometry
  • 4 Mirror ganioscopy
  • 90D optic nerve assessment
  • Humphrey Visual field analyzer
  • Optical cohesence tomography
  • Ultrasound pachymetry
  • Ultrasound biometry
  • Anterior segment OCT
  • Optic nerve and Fundus photography
  • Contrast sensitivity TEST (F.A.C.T.)

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