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Lasik and Glaucoma


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One of the most prevalent eye problems is glaucoma. It's not a pleasant disorder, and the fear of going blind is often more debilitating than the blindness itself. Glaucome is an increase of intraocular pressure behind the cornea. If left untreated, this pressure imbalance can build up, causing irreversible damage to the optic nerve.

Because glaucoma is so prevalent, many people have asked if the revolutionary LASIK procedure is appropriate to treat the disorder. The problem is, the pressure buildup in glaucoma is the worst for those with thin corneas, and unfortunately, thin corneas are usually an exclusionary aspect for LASIK surgery. Currently, researcher, opthalmalogists and other medical experts are looking a little deeper into this issue. If LASIK can be used to treat glaucoma, millions of people will avoid unnecessary blindness.

If you are concerned that your vision problem could be glaucoma, be sure to see an ophthalmologist immediately. Remember, blindness is most common among patients who went untreated. Just because LASIK is currently a solution doesn't mean that there are not treatment options available.


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