Glaucoma

The Center For Sight of Lufkin and Livingston has an Optical Coherence Tomography available for optic nerve evaluation.  This system is helpful in diagnosing glaucoma in its earliest stages.  After glaucoma has been diagnosed, your condition is first treated with routine glaucoma management, but in patients where glaucoma has not been effectively controlled with medical therapy, surgery is sometimes necessary.

Initially, this may result in a laser procedure called Laser Trabeculoplasty. This procedure is performed by either Richard J. Ruckman, M.D. or Daniel J. Kravitz, M.D. in the Lufkin clinic as an office procedure.  After the treatment, you should be able to resume your usual activities. This glaucoma procedure is often successful in reducing intraocular pressure more than 80% of the time, and may reduce or eliminate the use of glaucoma medications. You should always follow your doctor’s directions concerning the use of your medication.

In the event that the glaucoma remains uncontrolled, a surgical procedure called a Trabeculectomy may be necessary. This procedure is also performed by either Dr. Ruckman or Dr. Kravitz under local anesthesia in our AAAHC-certified  Ambulatory Surgery Center located in the Lufkin office.