Glaucoma is a disease in which the optic nerve is damaged, usually due to high eye pressure in the eye. There are many causes of glaucoma, but the most common are slowly progressive open angle glaucoma and the more painful and rapid narrow angle glaucoma. If left untreated, glaucoma can cause a patient to lose vision. Patients usually do not know they have glaucoma until they have already lost some vision. Unfortunately, the optic nerve damage is irreversible and the only treatments available involve lowering the pressure inside the eye, either with eye drops, laser, or with a surgical procedure. If you have narrow angles and are at risk of narrow angle glaucoma, you may need a small laser procedure called a laser peripheral iridotomy to protect your eyes from an angle-closure glaucoma attack. Dr. Jeremy Cotliar and Dr. Rajendra Bansal are glaucoma specialists, specializing in glaucoma management and surgery, but all of our providers thoroughly check each patient for glaucoma. Glaucoma runs in families, so if a family member has glaucoma, it is important for the rest of the family to be screened.
Both Dr. Jeremy Cotliar and Dr. Rajendra Bansal specialize in the medical and surgical management of glaucoma. Both are proficient in the older, more invasive glaucoma surgeries, such as trabeculectomies and glaucoma implants for patients with severe glaucoma, but there now is cutting-edge technology to assist our eye surgeons treat mild and moderate glaucoma, such as the ISTENT BY GLAUKOS.
Used in conjunction with cataract surgery, this amazing tiny implant is placed in the eye at the time of cataract surgery to safely lower the eye pressure in patients with mild- moderate glaucoma, which may allow the patient to stop his or her current eye pressure drop. Dr. Arthur and Dr. Jeremy Cotliar, as well as Dr. Rajendra Bansal are all experienced in istent implantation.