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Open Angle Glaucoma

Laser Surgery
With 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 for open angle glaucoma may wear off. People who have this form of surgery may need to keep taking glaucoma medications.
 
Surgery
Traditional glaucoma surgery can also help fluid escape from the eye, and thereby reduce the pressure. However, surgery is usually reserved for people whose pressure cannot be controlled with eyedrops, pills, or laser surgery.
 

Protective Measures You Can Take

Studies have shown that early detection and treatment of open angle glaucoma, before it causes major vision loss, is the best way to control the disease. If you fall into one of the high-risk groups for this condition, make sure to have a dilated eye exam every two years.
 

Glaucoma and Medicare

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

Glaucoma Types

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