• Is there surgery that can repair an optic nerve damaged by glaucoma?


    Question:

    My father in-law has closed-angle glaucoma. He has had drops and laser surgery. He doesn't see at all out of the affected eye. Would any new surgery give him back his sight in that eye? Would it repair the optic nerve? Or would it just stop further damage to that eye?


    Answer:

    Unfortunately, at the present time we are unable to restore an optic nerve. Newer surgeries can effectively reduce pressures with lower risk, but once an optic nerve has been damaged, with today's technology the accompanying vision loss is permanent.


    Answered by: eyesmart@aao.org
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