Glaucoma Treatment in Blaine

Glaucoma Treatment in Blaine

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. Village Eye Clinic 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.

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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 Village Eye Clinic, 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 Village Eye Clinic in Blaine 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.


Glaucoma Diagnosis & Treatment in Blaine

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Hours
  • Monday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Wednesday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thursday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
  • May. 27 Closed
Insurance Plans
  • VSP
  • Medicare
  • United Healthcare
  • Aetna
  • Cigna
  • Spectera
  • Superior Vision
  • Davis Vision
  • EyeMed
  • Blue Cross

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
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- May. 18, 2024
I’m thoroughly impressed with this eye clinic! They were accommodating with my schedule, friendly,... professional, and I love that they have retinal imaging in lieu of dilation. When I called to arrange pick up of my contacts, the receptionist offered to stay a few minutes late if needed. Thanks for going above and beyond!
- May. 13, 2024
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- Apr. 21, 2024
Best place and best care.
- Mar. 23, 2024
Extremely friendly and helpful staff. Great experience.
- Mar. 11, 2024
The welcoming, caring and knowledgeable staff along with the countless number of frames to pick from... is outstanding in every way! My wife and I have found this to be an absolutely remarkable place like no other to go to and we will continue to be faithful customers!!
- Mar. 08, 2024
Staff is very friendly and efficient. They also care about getting it right. I ordered my glasses an... d they came in 1 week early
- Feb. 25, 2024
This clinic is a gem! Friendly, knowledgeable and a relaxed atmosphere. Highly recommend.
- Feb. 23, 2024
I could not speak more highly of this clinic. Dr. Lucas was extremely friendly and knowledgeable. Al... so, a shout out to the optometrist (Alice) that helped me pick out a flattering frame. They were both professional and friendly. I am very pleased with the care I received here.
- Feb. 15, 2024
The staff was very professional and friendly, the clinic was clean, and Dr Kevin was very easy to ta... lk to
- Feb. 06, 2024
I was very happy with my eye exam service. It was smooth and they treated me like family. Every staf... f had a great attitude. I will be coming back for my eye exam next year.
- Jan. 28, 2024
Very friendly staff.
- Dec. 12, 2023
Dr. Brad is great!
- Nov. 12, 2023
Great Doctors, staff and service. Glasses can be expensive depending on your selections, so make sur... e to review all your options. I would highly recommend Village Eye for all your Eye Care needs.
- Oct. 20, 2023
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- Oct. 12, 2023
I love Village Eye, Dr. Brad is great and I love the glasses they helped me pick out!
- Sep. 24, 2023
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- Sep. 23, 2023
Very friendly staff. Dr Lundell answered my questions and didn’t seem to be in a rush.
- Sep. 19, 2023
Great place to check your vision. Super great people all around. With a ton of knowledge.
- Sep. 11, 2023
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- Sep. 04, 2023
The staff and doctor were so friendly and informative. Great experience overall.

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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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Don’t lose sight of your future.

With early detection and treatment, glaucoma can be controlled.

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