Glaucoma Treatment in Sanford

Glaucoma Treatment in Sanford

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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. Advanced EyeCare 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 Advanced EyeCare, 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 Advanced EyeCare in Sanford 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

Preserve Your Vision For Longer

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. 07, 2024
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- May. 31, 2024
Some family members recommended Advanced EyeCare recently and my husband and I are so pleased with o... ur switch. Dr. Christy and her team did a marvelous job assessing my vision and providing me with a more accurate contact lens Rx. I returned today for a follow-up and had a marvelous tech, "Sam", who had the best personality. He did a great job explaining everything, was attentive and had a good sense of humor. I could tell how serious he took his job. Keep up the great work! Thank you Advanced EyeCare Michelle Medina
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- Apr. 26, 2024
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- Apr. 25, 2024
I can’t say enough good about Advanced Eye Care & staff re: my 4/24/24 Full Eye Exam❤️ Dr Ben ... Larson, Sam, Ariana & Autum were all Top-Notch. I might’ve missed a name but every person I dealt with was kind, respectful, thorough & totally professional‼️ They’re always at the top of their game😊
- Mar. 28, 2024
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- Mar. 14, 2024
Went to annual eye exam today. Sam was the technician and he did an amazing job! Made the experience... fun. He has a great attitude and is very professional.
- Feb. 09, 2024
Great staff to work with. Autumn made checking in simple and Dr Christy walked me through my contac... t lens options. Great customer service
- Feb. 08, 2024
Had a great experience on my routine vision exam with Sam…. Wonderful experience… Thanks Sam
- Feb. 07, 2024
Sam was great! Always good to see Dr Ben. Very thorough exam and the environment and vibe is wonderf... ul.
- Jan. 28, 2024
My first visit to Advanced Eyecare in Sanford was in January. First, the office is lovely, up-to-dat... e, with comfortable seating. The staff was friendly and concerned about my comfort. And the eye exam was the most comprehensive I have ever had. Also, if you want a great selection of glasses,, you’ll find what you’re looking for. I highly recommend Advanced Eyecare.
- Dec. 22, 2023
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- Dec. 22, 2023
Sam was very friendly and personable. He made the eye exam experience pleasant and fun and was conve... rsational and cheerful during the holiday season. He used my name frequently during the encounter which created a more welcoming and personalized visit. Sam is awesome!
- Dec. 11, 2023
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- Nov. 11, 2023
Advanced Eyecare offers fantastic customer service and a super high degree of technical skills alon... g with professionalism. You simply can't be in better hands. Special shout out to Erika for helping me out yesterday, as well as Dr. Ben for quickly jumping in. Best eyecare in Florida!
- Nov. 03, 2023
I've been going here for years because I have T1D and I need special attention on my eyes. I've alwa... ys had a pleasant experience and the frames are beautiful. Sam was also extremely attentive and explained anything I had questions on during my annual visit!
- Oct. 27, 2023
I’ve gone here for years. Sam made my appointment go really well! He is knowledgeable, patient a... nd a great resource. Ask for him!
- Oct. 13, 2023
I always have a good experience coming for my annual check ups! Ariana spent lots of time with me he... lping me pick my new frames and I didn’t feel rushed at all. Very friendly, great staff!
- Oct. 11, 2023
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- Sep. 27, 2023
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Glaucoma Diagnosis & Treatment in Sanford

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