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Advanced Glaucoma Treatments

Man swinging golf clubGlaucoma is usually characterized by a buildup of pressure inside the eye, placing excessive pressure on the optic nerve. When damaged, this nerve cannot transmit clear electrical signals to your brain, resulting in compromised or lost vision. If you have been diagnosed with this condition, or if you are experiencing symptoms of glaucoma and looking for effective treatment, El Paso Eye Surgeons offers more treatment options than any other area practice. Our glaucoma specialist Dr. Mark J. Gallardo has the expertise to provide the newest FDA-approved surgeries available. To learn more about this condition and to find out which treatment may be right for you, contact El Paso Eye Surgeons today.

What Is Glaucoma?

Your eye contains aqueous humor, a fluid that naturally leaves your eye through the drainage angle located at the junction of the iris and cornea. Glaucoma can occur when the drainage angle does not function properly, causing the fluid to build up within the eye. The most common form of glaucoma is open-angle, and occurs when your drainage angle is narrowed or partially clogged. Since this type of glaucoma usually develops slowly, the primary symptom is gradually compromised vision, beginning with peripheral vision. On the other hand, closed-angle glaucoma is far less common, and involves changes to the shape of the iris.  As the iris protrudes forward, it blocks the drainage angle. This type of glaucoma develops rapidly, and should be treated immediately. Symptoms include eye pain, nausea, and the rapid loss of sight.

Glaucoma Treatment

At El Paso Eye Surgeons, we offer comprehensive treatment for glaucoma, from initial evaluation to post-operative care. Dr. Gallardo was a glaucoma fellow at UC Southwestern, and has since developed significant experience in treating a variety of glaucoma cases using the latest innovations. He usually begins treatment with conservative options such as medicated eye drops. For patients with more urgent needs, he can perform a variety of surgeries, including minimally invasive laser procedures. In fact, Dr. Gallardo is the only physician in the city who offers such a wide array of effective glaucoma treatments. Having performed more than 5,000 glaucoma surgeries, he is ready to provide you with the very best care possible. For your convenience, he performs all-laser procedures in the office.

State-of-the-Art Surgical Options

In addition to a number of laser procedures, we also offer two new treatments that have shown astonishing results:

  • Micro shunts: The FDA recently approved a three-year clinical trial of the micro shunt, which can only be performed in conjunction with cataract surgery. El Paso Eye Surgeons is one of only twenty centers in the nation offering this procedure. By placing a microscopic drainage tube in your eye, Dr. Gallardo will create an exit channel for the excess fluid. This procedure is one of the only glaucoma treatments that requires little to no recovery time. 
  • Canaloplasty: By placing a microcatheter to enlarge the drainage canal, patients can overcome their cataract symptoms with minimal down time.

Schedule an Appointment

With his highly personalized care and expertise, Dr. Gallardo can provide you with exceptional glaucoma treatment. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation.

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