Tell me if this sounds familiar: “Did I put my glaucoma drops in last night? Oh no…I forgot!” Every glaucoma patient has gone through this experience. It is easy to forget to use your drops from time to time. After all, you put them in every day. Still, it is important to take your drops each and every day in order for glaucoma treatment to be effective. Fortunately, there may soon be a solution for your forgetfulness.
New Glaucoma Treatment Technology on the Horizon
The New Horizons Forum, presented by the Glaucoma Research Foundation, highlighted several new glaucoma treatment technologies that may soon be available to the public. These technologies included:
- A polymer contact lens that sits under the eyelid and delivers medication over several months.
- Polymer-based intraocular delivery devices.
- Implantable extended-release devices that utilize microparticles and nanoparticles.
- Tear duct plugs that would release medication.
- Delivery devices or technology to allow a constant delivery of medication over months or years.
Wouldn’t it be great if you never had to worry about using eye drops again? While that day might not be here just yet, technological advances may soon make those dreams a reality. For now, however, your best course of treatment remains daily eye drops and regular appointments with your ophthalmologist. When was your Last Eye Exam?
Glaucoma Treatment in Annapolis
Early diagnosis and treatment are critical to managing glaucoma, as it must be treated over the course of one’s life, and high IOP must be managed every day. Treatment successfully preserves vision 95% of the time or more, especially when the condition is caught early.
The Anne Arundel Eye Center is a regional leader in the diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma. Board certified ophthalmologist Dr. Samuel Boles and his staff have helped preserve thousands of patients’ vision. They can help you too.
If you have any questions about Glaucoma Treatment in Annapolis or wish to schedule an appointment with Anne Arundel Eye Center, please contact Board certified ophthalmologist Dr. Samuel Boles, Dr. Kathryn Gurganus Turner, and the eye care specialists here at AAEC by calling 410-224-2010 or visiting AnneArundelEyeCenter.com today. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and YouTube as well!
For more eye care advice and information, please take a look at our previous blog posts.
Alternative Drug Delivery Systems for Glaucoma, Glaucoma Research Foundation