Glaucoma – The Sneak Thief Of Sight

Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness in the United States. It is estimated that approximately three million American adults have this eye disease. Glaucoma is a serious eye condition that shows no early symptoms or warning signs. It is caused when the optic nerve becomes damaged, which can ultimately result in blindness if not diagnosed early. Typically, glaucoma is caused when intraocular pressure (IOP), the pressure in the eye, is elevated; however, there are other causes that can contribute to the continued damage of the optic nerve. The Shawnee glaucoma specialists at Precision Vision can diagnose this disease and develop a treatment plan to preserve your vision.

A patient in the early stages of glaucoma will not see any visible changes in his or her vision. As the condition progresses, blind spots can develop in a patient’s peripheral vision. If left untreated, glaucoma can lead to complete blindness.

Risk Factors of Glaucoma:

  • Age
  • Prior eye injury
  • Elevated Intraocular Pressure (IOP)
  • Family history of glaucoma
  • African- or Spanish-American ancestry
  • Less central corneal thickness
  • Farsightedness or nearsightedness
  • Systemic health problems such as steroid medication, migraines or poor circulation

Glaucoma – Two Types To Understand

There are two types of glaucoma – Narrow-Angle Glaucoma and Open-Angle Glaucoma.

Narrow-Angle Glaucoma –symptoms of narrow-angle glaucoma include eye pain, headaches, halos around lights, dilated pupils, vision loss, red eyes, nausea and vomiting. This form of glaucoma can occur suddenly, when the iris (the colored potion of the eye) is pushed or pulled forward. This movement can cause internal eye structures to be blocked. When this occurs, the eye’s internal pressure may spike, causing damage to the optic nerve.

Open-Angle Glaucoma –Most patients that have open-angle glaucoma feel fine and do not notice any changes in their vision, as this form of glaucoma displays no signs or symptoms. That is why glaucoma is called the “silent thief of sight.” In open-angle glaucoma, the angle in your eye where the iris meets the cornea is as wide and open as it should be, but the eye’s drainage canals become clogged over time, causing an increase in internal eye pressure and subsequent damage to the optic nerve.

Treatments for Glaucoma

There are several different treatment options available at Precision Vision to help manage glaucoma. The most common treatments include laser treatment, surgery, and medications. Each of these treatments will help control glaucoma and lower the IOP in your eyes. Your Shawnee glaucoma specialist will determine the best procedure for the health of your eyes.

As long as you are diagnosed early, glaucoma can be controlled, and you can enjoy the rest of your life without your eye health interfering with your activities of daily living.

Schedule An Eye Exam Today

If you have a family history of glaucoma, contact the Shawnee glaucoma specialists at Precision Vision today. We will schedule a dilated eye exam and measure the pressure in your eyes to determine if you have glaucoma.


iStent Helps Glaucoma Patients With Cataracts

For patients that have been diagnosed with glaucoma and are now preparing for cataract surgery, there is a revolutionary new implant that may help to reduce your dependance on glaucoma medications. iStent® is a very tiny implant that has helped thousands of glaucoma patients successfully manage their intraocular pressure. This one-in-a-lifetime surgery is performed during cataract surgery, and helps patients address both of these conditions at once.

What Is the iStent®?

The iStent® is the world’s smallest medical implant that has every been implanted in the human body. It is also the first micro-invasive glaucoma surgery (MIGS) device that is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This tiny implant has been successfully implanted in over 250,000 glaucoma patients around the world.

The iStent® is designed to:

  • Restore your eye’s natural ability to drain the fluid that causes the increased pressure inside your eye
  • Help keep eye pressure at a normal level
  • As a result of this normalized intraocular pressure, your Precision Vision doctor may be able to reduce or eliminate your need for glaucoma medications

What To Expect With iStent®

The iStent® procedure can only be performed during cataract surgery; this is why this implant is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. After your Precision Vision cataract surgeon removes your cataracts, he or she will implant the iStent device. Following the procedure, you will receive antibiotic and anti-inflammatory eye drops. You will have a follow-up appointment the next day to ensure your eye(s) are healing properly.

 

Questions? Contact Precision Vision Today!

If you have glaucoma and have been diagnosed with cataracts, contact the talented team at Precision Vision in Midwest City, Shawnee, South Oklahoma City or Edmond. Our highly trained glaucoma and cataract team will perform a detailed eye exam to determine if iStent is right for you. We will also discuss the best lens implant options that best fit your lifestyle.