Glaucoma Treatment in Centerville

Glaucoma Treatment in Centerville

Don’t Let Glaucoma Rob You of Your Sight

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What Is Glaucoma?

Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness.

It's caused by fluid build-up and increased pressure within the eye that damages the optic nerve that progressively worsens your vision. This disease can cause severe, irreversible vision loss if left untreated.

In many cases, appropriate control and treatment can help prevent further damage to the eyes and protect your vision. Comprehensive Eye Care - Centerville offers several treatments to help address glaucoma. Learn more about the treatments we provide and contact us to schedule an appointment.

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The 2 Main Types of Glaucoma

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  • Open-angle glaucoma: the most common type. It is a lifelong condition that accounts for at least 90% of all glaucoma cases.
  • Angle-closure glaucoma: a rare form of the disease which requires immediate medical attention. It occurs when the angle is closed in many or most areas between the iris and cornea, which reduces fluid drainage and increases eye pressure.

Glaucoma: The Sneaky Thief of Sight

There is a reason glaucoma is called “the sneaky thief of sight”--half the people with glaucoma don’t even know they have it! Meaning, they may not have symptoms in the early stages.

At Comprehensive Eye Care - Centerville, we diagnose and help preserve your vision with cutting-edge glaucoma treatments that can slow the progression of the disease.

If you have a family history of glaucoma or have been diagnosed with glaucoma, contact us today.

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What are the Signs of Glaucoma?

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As mentioned earlier, glaucoma usually shows no symptoms in its early stages. When signs do manifest, it's usually loss of tunnel vision or peripheral vision. Unfortunately, by the time vision loss has occurred, it cannot be reversed.

That said, the less common angle-closure glaucoma does show a sudden onset of symptoms, including:

  • Extreme eye pain
  • Eye redness
  • Blurred vision
  • Nausea

If you experience any of these symptoms, seek prompt diagnosis and treatment by contacting Comprehensive Eye Care - Centerville in Centerville or visiting your nearest emergency room.


Who's at Risk for Glaucoma?

  • Age 40 +

    The prevalence of glaucoma increases with age, with most glaucoma patients aged 40 and up. That said, there is a much rarer form of this disease (congenital glaucoma) that affects infants.

  • Family History & Ethnicity

    Your risk for developing glaucoma is higher if you have a family history of the disease. Those of African American, Hispanic, Asian and Native American, and Indigenous Canadian descent have a higher risk of developing this disease.

  • Other Conditions

    High myopia, hypertension and diabetes can increase the risk of developing glaucoma.

  • Eye Injury or Trauma

    An eye injury, trauma or eye surgery can increase the likelihood of developing glaucoma.


Common Glaucoma Treatments

There is currently no cure for glaucoma. However, several treatments are available to prevent the progression of this sight-robbing condition. With the right care, you have a higher chance of managing your glaucoma and preserving your vision.

Common treatments include:

Eye Drops

Your optometrist will prescribe eye drops to help regulate pressure inside the eye by decreasing fluid production and/or improving drainage.

Laser Surgery

If eye drops aren’t doing enough to reduce intraocular pressure or intraocular temperature in open-angle glaucoma, laser surgery may be an option. Selective laser trabeculoplasty (SLT) opens up the drainage system in the eye to reduce pressure.

SLT is successful in 80% of cases and can reduce eye pressure by 20%.

Other Surgeries

If a laser procedure or eye drops do not lower eye pressure to the desired level, your eye doctor may recommend one of the following surgeries:

  • Incision Surgery
  • Minimally invasive glaucoma surgery (MIGS)
  • Glaucoma Drainage Implants

Glaucoma Testing Treatment FAQs

How does an eye doctor diagnose glaucoma?

Since glaucoma has no side effects early on, it is essential for people with a family history of risk factors for glaucoma to get tested. The following tests diagnose glaucoma:

  • Tonometry: measures the pressure inside the eye (intraocular pressure or IOP)
  • Ophthalmoscopy (dilated eye exam): examines the shape and color of the optic nerve
  • Perimetry: measures your field of vision
  • Gonioscopy: checks the angle where the iris meets the cornea
  • Pachymetry: determines the thickness of the cornea to better evaluate eye pressure.
What foods should you avoid if you have glaucoma?

The following are the foods every glaucoma patient should consider avoiding immediately. It should help keep your optic nerve healthy and minimize eye pressure.

  • Caffeine - certain studies show that caffeine contributes to increased intraocular pressure.
  • Saturated fats - a diet high in saturated fats can lead to weight gain, which not only increases intraocular pressure but also cholesterol levels.
  • Trans fats - try to limit your consumption of trans fats because they can also raise cholesterol levels
  • Salt - make sure to consume salt sparingly, as increased blood pressure can indirectly lead to intraocular pressure.
What percentage of glaucoma patients go blind?

About 60% of patients diagnosed with glaucoma will eventually lose some vision.

However, the rate of legal blindness among glaucoma patients is 5%. Getting effective treatment early on will greatly increase your ability to preserve and maximize your vision.

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- Jun. 30, 2024
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Great place for eye care. I've been coming here for about 3 years.
- Mar. 07, 2024
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- Mar. 03, 2024
Everyone was happy and the staff was just excited to help me pick my new glasses as I was!
- Mar. 01, 2024
First appointment after Dr O’Neill determined I had an eye stroke and rushed to the emergency room... . We discussed my eye stroke. She is friendly and an excellent optometrist.
- Feb. 23, 2024
Super eye exam and very friendly staff.
- Feb. 19, 2024
Dr. ONeill is fantastic!!!! Highly recommend!
- Jan. 31, 2024
Dr. Downer is very patient oriented and highly skilled. Have been a patient for 20+ years. Utmost... trust in his judgment. I am a challenging patient due to a myriad of issues regarding my vision. Absolutely recommend him for optometry services.
- Jan. 26, 2024
Doctor downer has been wonderful with all of my prescriptions. The staff is beyond helpful and kind....
- Dec. 02, 2023
Great experience! First time patient, staff was extremely friendly and helpful and Dr O’Neil was ... extremely thorough, friendly and offered several options to improve my contact wear!
- Nov. 28, 2023
All service performed professionally and with pleasant manner.
- Oct. 26, 2023
IT WAS A VERY PLEASANT VISIT EVERYONE WAS SO NICE AND I FELT VERY HAPPY WITH EVERYTHING
- Aug. 26, 2023
An amazing experience! Extremely friendly and pleasantly knowledgeable staff. I will definitely retu... rn to purchase my next pair of glasses.
- Aug. 23, 2023
Dr ONeill and the entire staff were amazing!!!
- Jul. 30, 2023
Professional, friendly staff. There is a personal feel to my appts.
- May. 15, 2023
Excellent eye care in a very friendly and caring manner.
- Aug. 16, 2019
Comprehensive is always so helpful and friendly. I have been coming here for years and will continue... to do so. Highly recommend! Barb at the front desk is always especially so sweet, caring and helpful. Love you guys!

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Glaucoma Diagnosis & Treatment in Centerville

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Don’t lose sight of your future.

With early detection and treatment, glaucoma can be controlled.

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