Glaucoma Treatment in Denton

Glaucoma Treatment in Denton

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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. Total Eyecare & Eyewear - Denton 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 Total Eyecare & Eyewear - Denton, 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 Total Eyecare & Eyewear - Denton in Denton 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. 10, 2024
Dr Middleton is the best optometrist you can find. His knowledge and care are simply outstanding. I ... have been seeing him for the last 20 years and followed him to this location from the previous one. Highly recommend him!
- Jun. 01, 2024
Dr. Middleton and his staff and friendly and thorough. I highly recommend Total Eyecare.
- May. 16, 2024
Great Doctors. Very thorough. And go see Cindy in eyewear. She knows exactly what you need!
- May. 05, 2024
I’ve been going to them for almost 20 years and they have excellent service and physicians.
- Apr. 30, 2024
Dr. Coleman, Cindy and Lisa are the best!
- Apr. 05, 2024
It was great
- Mar. 27, 2024
Kudos to Cindy Ballard! She is so pleasant to customers, bright smile, gives me 110% of her attentio... n with me finding just the right fit of glasses. I always go back once a year from Jackson,Wyoming because of the service I get.
- Mar. 26, 2024
Shout out to Dr Kimberly Vang! She was very present during the consultation and I left feeling adequ... ately informed about my eye health.
- Mar. 04, 2024
I went in for an annual eye exam a few months ago. With the new prescription, I went and got my gla... sses made elsewhere. Once I received those glasses, I noticed having issues seeing clearly (focus/sharpness) right away and told the establishment about this. They made some adjustments a few times and still no luck. Then they said to see my eye doctor again for a re-examination because the glasses were made to match the new prescription and that there is nothing wrong with them. Keep in mind, these are progressive lenses I'm talking about - which can be tricky to make perfectly by some places. Anyways, after communicating my issues with Lisa (Total Eyecare manager for Denton), she scheduled me for a re-examination with Dr. Heath Coleman (which was who I saw a few months ago for the new prescription). Dr. Coleman saw me and re-examined my eyes and the prescription did not change at all, from the original exam he did just little over 2 months ago. And he went through testing my eyes a few times that day just to make sure the results came back the same. I appreciate that Total Eyecare was able to help me with this matter and also not charge me for this re-examination. And I appreciate Dr. Coleman for taking the time to see me and going through my prescription once again. And I also appreciate Lisa for hearing me out and helping me get this resolved and scheduled. Thank you, Total Eyecare!!!
- Mar. 04, 2024
Friendly and efficient staff
- Mar. 02, 2024
Friendly staff, very prompt service.
- Feb. 08, 2024
Cindi Ballard is the BEST at helping me pick out frames and helping me understand how my new lenses ... work. She is a treasure!
- Jan. 18, 2024
I strongly recommend Dr Vang to anyone who wants the best possible care and expertise.
- Dec. 23, 2023
Dr. Paul Middleton and staff are THE BEST !
- Dec. 08, 2023
Great eyecare from the caring staff at Total Eyecare!!!
- Dec. 06, 2023
Couldn’t be happier Davonte and staff couldn’t have been better.
- Dec. 06, 2023
Great Optometrists & Staff!
- Dec. 05, 2023
Dr Coleman and Cindy are fantastic!
- Nov. 26, 2023
Dr. Vang was very knowledgeable, kind, and accepting of my 5yo who was with me during my exam.
- Nov. 23, 2023
The team at Total Eyecare & Eyewear is very friendly and professional. The office environment is als... o warm and inviting!

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Glaucoma Diagnosis & Treatment in Denton

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With early detection and treatment, glaucoma can be controlled.

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