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Treatments FAQs

Read about available treatments in a simple question and answer format.

Cataracts FAQs

Glaucoma FAQs

Macular Degeneration FAQs

  • How are cataracts treated?
  • The only available treatment for cataract is surgery which removes the cataract from your eye, and replaces it with a clear man-made lens to improve the vision.

  • What is Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty (SLT)?
  • SLT is a relatively new laser treatment for glaucoma which aids in decreasing the pressure by opening the drainage system of the eye.
  • Why do I need to use eye drops?
  • Glaucoma eye drops help to reduce the pressure in the eye.

  • When can I stop using my glaucoma eye drops?
  • Glaucoma is a chronic condition, which means that you must continue to use the eye drops prescribed by your Ophthalmologist.  These control the pressure in your eye and should not be stopped unless advised by your Ophthalmologist. 
  • Do I have to use drops - can't I just take a tablet?
  • Drops are much more effective than tablets when treating eye problems, because they can treat the problem directly.  It is important to use the drop exactly as your Ophthalmologist has prescribed them, as some drops are most effective when used at specific times of the day.
  • What is an Intravitreal Injection?
  • An Injection of a therapeutic substances into the jelly-like substance in the back of the eye, which can help reduce swelling of the retina in conditions such as Macular Degeneration and Diabetes.
  • Do Intravitreal Injections hurt?
  • In general, patients describe the injections as being pain-free, but having a moment of discomfort. Most people find that the injections are not as uncomfortable as they had been expecting.
  • When can I stop having injections?
  • The medication being injected works for a period of time before it starts to wear off - this interval differs between patients. Some people need to have an injection every 4 weeks, whilst others only need one every 4 months. It is important to maintain the time interval recommended by your Ophthalmologist, as otherwise long-term vision can be affected.

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