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Glaucoma is a chronic eye disease that gets worse over time. As it becomes worse, the optic nerve may become damaged, which impairs vision. The common cause of damage is an increase of pressure in the eye. While there is no “perfect pressure” for every glaucoma patient, an eye doctor can direct the patient towards a target pressure. This is the ideal pressure that will form the basis of the treatment.
The Cornea Research Foundation of America recommends a corneal transplant to patients with specific needs. It encourages patients to have a comprehensive eye exam to determine the extent of the corneal damage. The condition of your cornea will determine if you are a candidate for a corneal transplant. If you want to find out who are good candidates for this transplant, here’s what you should know.
Vision is achieved through the cornea. This is the clear central area of the front of your eye. It is the round-shaped ball-like part of the eye. In some instances, the structure of the cornea becomes weak and cannot hold the round shape. In time, this can result in the conventional round curvature of the eyes’ surface bulging outward. This is the condition known as keratoconus.
With advancements in technology, laser treatment is now a major part of treating eye conditions. Although surgery is not the first step in treating glaucoma, it is the best option where other treatments fail. Glaucoma creates pressure inside your eye because fluids contained therein cannot drain out as they should. This can cause damage to your optic nerves, thereby affecting your vision.
Intraocular lenses or IOLs are small artificial lenses that are a significant part of cataract surgery. They can be described as surgically implanted contacts. The lenses are created to replace the natural ones that have been damaged by cataracts. The lens is inserted beneath the cornea, replacing or supporting the natural lens.