Video: Glaucoma World
Tue, 13 Mar 2018 16:49:56 +0000Glaucoma WorldGlaucoma Worldhttp://chic.clipsyndicate.com/video/playlist/12463/7290421?cpt=8&wpid=2637WTVQ Lexington, KYc1 3 thief of sight because of its lack of symptoms. joining me today is dr. robert fechtner and we're talking all about what people need to know about and how to manage this condition. welcome to the show my friend, how are you today? robert fechtner: thank you for having me, i'm glad to be here. speaker 1: okay, so let's jump straight into it. what is glaucoma and how can people prevent it? robert fechtner: you described glaucoma very well, as a silent thief of sight. most eye problems, you can see it, your eyes aren't working right. glaucoma is a sneaky thief because as the optic nerve gets damaged, messages don't get from the eye to the brain but early on you won't notice it, early glaucoma has no symptoms. you've got to get your eyes tested, the first step in saving your vision is go get tested. people who are at risk, and by that i mean age 40 or over, family member with glaucoma, or people of color, should go get a comprehensive eye examination and make sure you've asked your eye doctor, "are you checking me for glaucoma." if we find glaucoma early, we have a fabulous success rate at preserving vision for an entire lifetime. speaker 1: okay dr. fechtner. so you've just told us who is at risk. well, how is glaucoma managed? robert fechtner: glaucoma can be managed by lowering the eye pressure and for many people that's as simple as one eye drop, once a day, sometimes we need more drops than that. we can do laser surgery to lower pressure, occasionally people need to go to the operating room and have a draining operation to lower pressure. but for most people it sounds as though it should be very simple, one eye drop, once a day. the problem is, you have to remember to use your drops, so we try to build it into your lifestyle. if you use drops at night, put them next to your toothbrush, if you use them in the morning, put them next to your alarm clock. you have to remember, and then you have to be able to get them into the eye. speaker 1: perfect. well doctor, obviously people face challenges with glaucoma. what are those challenges? robert fechtner: the first challenge with glaucoma is just that compliance, it's using your medicines every day. get somebody to help you remember. it's going to the doctor and having the test, you have this condition with no symptoms early on and yet you need a lifetime of treatment to preserve your vision. if you're finding you can't use eye drops successfully, you have to be honest with your doctor. now, one of the interesting recent developments is glaucoma's a disease of aging, cataracts a disease of aging, and we have new micro- implants, they're called "minimally-invasive glaucoma drains", we can put in at the time of cataract surgery to control pressure and reduce the amount of medications. alcon just launched a new website, mycypass.com, c-y-p- a-s-s, which educates about one of these implants and teaches you, how do you have the discussion with the doctor, which option is right for me? there's several options doctors can offer and patients need to be involved in those decisions. speaker 1: well i think that's really important. and now i just wanted to let everyone know at home, we appreciate your information, but where do people go if they want to find out more information about glaucoma and the struggles they may be having? robert fechtner: i have a couple of websites to suggest, glaucoma.org is run by the glaucoma research foundation, it has good general information. worldglaucoma.org has information from the world glaucoma association. and then if you're looking at cataracts and glaucoma together, mycypass.com can help you understand one of the options and how to have this discussion with your doctor. speaker 1: perfect. well dr. fechtner, thank you so much for giving us this information, we appreciate it. and everyone, we'll be right back after this short break. welcome back...