Glaucoma Surgery

Glaucoma Surgery

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Surgical Treatment of Glaucoma – patient information to assist informed consent

This RANZCO patient education pamphlet provides surgical information on surgery to treat glaucoma. The topics discussed include:
-   Glaucoma and intraocular pressure (IOP)
-   The types of glaucoma, including: open-angle glaucoma, acute angle-closure glaucoma, normal pressure glaucoma, congenital glaucoma and secondary glaucoma
-   Medical treatment of glaucoma with eye drops or tablets

This leaflet can be a useful tool for patients as the different surgical techniques to treat glaucoma are described with accompanying anatomical illustrations. The surgical methods discussed include:
-   Laser trabeculoplasty
-   Laser iridotomy
-   Cyclophotocoagulation
-   Minimally or micro-invasive surgery
-   Drainage tube devices

The benefits, risks and limitations of the different treatments are discussed in detail. The possible complications of glaucoma surgery are listed on page 4 to assist the informed-consent process.

Mi-tec publishes 16 Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmology patient information brochures. The surgical treatment of glaucoma is described in plain English to assist the patients’ understanding of health information and to help patients make informed decisions. The  RANZCO patient information brochures are printed in five-colour on high-quality A4 sheets.