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How do medications and other treatments help glaucoma?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Common medications offered for glaucoma such as eye drops will help your condition by draining fluid from the eye and lowering its pressure or causing the eye to stop producing excess fluid. Treatments such as laser surgery allow more fluid to drain from the eye through small burn holes in the drainage system. A filtering surgery is done by creating a small hole behind the sclera, which fluid can drain from, decreasing the pressure in the eye. Drainage of excess fluid and a decrease in eye pressure helps the condition of your glaucoma because there is less damage to the optic nerve.

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