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Glaucoma is a very serious eye condition. If it is left untreated, it can eventually lead to blindness that can't be reversed. People who have a family history of glaucoma are especially at risk for developing glaucoma in their lifetime. It is of the utmost importance that New Mexico residents who have family history of glaucoma get their eyes checked for it every year. It is actually a good idea for everyone to be checked for glaucoma every year, but it should definitely be done by everyone not at risk at least once every two years.

You might think that there is just one type of surgical procedure that eye surgeons in New Mexico use for glaucoma surgery. This could not be further from the truth. There are many different surgical procedures that an eye surgeon can use for your glaucoma surgery. Those procedures are: iridotomy, laser trabeculoplasty, viscocanalostomy, and sclerostomy and each of them are dramatically different from the others. An iridotomy is when the surgeon removes a certain portion of the iris. There are two types: laser peripheral iridotomy and corectomy. Laser peripheral iridotomy uses a laser to create a hole underneath the iris. A corectomy is when the surgeon just removes a certain area of iris tissue. A laser trabeculoplasty uses a laser, naturally, to burn portions of the meshwork of the trabecular part of the eye. There are also two different types of this procedure: argon laser trabeculoplasty and selective laser trabeculoplasty. The argon laser procedure, of course, uses an argon laser to create the holes in the meshwork. The selective laser procedure just targets a selective portion of the tissue.

Viscocanalostomy is a simple procedure where the eye surgeon makes an incision to cause the Schlemm's canal to be exposed for them to correct the glaucoma. Sclerostomy is a procedure where the surgeon creates a drainage channel that runs from the anterior chamber of the eye right down to the conjunctiva. You have penetrating sclerostomy, where the channel penetrates the anterior chamber and then you have non-penetrating sclerostomy, where the channel does not penetrate it.

Cost is always an issue to be taken into account when it comes time for glaucoma surgery. Insurance will usually cover some of the cost, but there will still be a significant portion of the bill left for the patient to pay. The average cost for just laser trabeculoplasty in Albuquerque, New Mexico is between $1,300 and $5,500 per eye and you can count on having to pay for at least 75% of that yourself.

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Eye Institute of Albuquerque
4333 Pan American Frwy, NE Ste B
Albuquerque, NM 87107
Southwest EyeCare
7110 Wyoming Blvd NE
Albuquerque, NM 87109
Southwestern Eye Center
1515 South 8th Street
Deming, NM 88030
New Mexico Eye Clinic
1316 Jackie Rd Southeast
Rio Rancho, NM 87124

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