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Laser Surgery
During laser surgery, a strong beam of light is focused on the part of the anterior chamber where the fluid leaves the eye. This results in a series of small changes, which makes it easier for fluid to exit the eye. Over time, the effect of laser surgery may wear off. Patients who have this form of surgery may need to continue taking medications.
Traditional glaucoma surgery can also help fluid escape from the eye, and thereby reduce the pressure. However, surgery is usually reserved for patients whose pressure cannot be controlled with eye drops, pills, or laser surgery.
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Protection Against Glaucoma

Studies have shown that the early detection and treatment of glaucoma, before it causes major vision loss, is the best way to control the condition. If you fall into one of the high-risk groups, make sure to have your eyes examined through dilated pupils every two years by an eye care professional.

Glaucoma and Medicare

Effective January 2002, Medicare helps pay for a dilated eye exam every year for:
  • African Americans age 50 and older
  • People who have a family history of glaucoma
  • People who have diabetes.

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