Glaucoma Treatment in Rosana Square Shopping Center

Glaucoma Treatment in Rosana Square Shopping Center

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. Overland Park Eye Center 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 Overland Park Eye Center, 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 Overland Park Eye Center in Rosana Square Shopping Center 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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- Jul. 05, 2024
Everyone at your office is very friendly and helpful.
- Jul. 01, 2024
Friendly and helpful service with no hard sales!
- Jun. 22, 2024
I ve been a patient here for over 20 yrs. Wouldn't think of going anywhere else. Thank you Dr Joe a... nd Dr Pierce.
- May. 21, 2024
Friendly receptionists, Dentist is Great. Been going to him since he 1st started his practice 45 ... years ago.
- May. 16, 2024
Dr Pierce is an excellent clinician, very thorough, knowledgeable and friendly! Staff are great, too... !
- May. 07, 2024
Professional and friendly.
- May. 03, 2024
This is the best eye care center around. Everyone is all very friendly, knowledgeable, and caring. T... hey have helped my various problems, improved my vision, and I highly recommend both doctors and staff!
- Apr. 29, 2024
Jeremy was so helpful today. Great customer service!
- Mar. 23, 2024
Very nice office with friendly staff and doctor. No waiting for my appointment!
- Feb. 22, 2024
Dr Joe and his staff are very friendly and professional. My eye exam was done right on time, one of... the assistants helped me pick out my glasses & sunglasses, and I was in and out of the office in under an hour. They texted me about a week later when they were ready and I absolutely LOVE both pair of glasses. I will continue to use Dr Joe as my optometrist.
- Feb. 01, 2024
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- Jan. 29, 2024
Everyone was very friendly and helpful. Dr. Joe gave the right prescription for my new contacts and ... glasses. I will definitely be going back the next time when needing an eye exam highly recommend Overland Park Eye Center.
- Jan. 06, 2024
Everything about Overland Park Eye Center is perfect! I can’t think of anything that they could d... o differently that would increase the value of the services they provide to patients and customers. Over the years I have worked with or interacted with everyone who works there, and they are all friendly, competent, and helpful. They are very responsive to calls, messages, and questions. They have a great selection of eye classes, but do not pressure you to buy your glasses there after an eye exam. Even if they are busy when I go in, I always feel like I get the attention I need, and because their office runs efficiently, I never feel like I’m having my time wasted. Communication is top notice. I love this place!
- Jan. 06, 2024
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- Dec. 24, 2023
Outstanding doctor and crew
- Dec. 07, 2023
Dr. Joe is absolutely amazing - he is attentive, extremely knowledgeable and has an excellent bedsid... e manner! I have been seeing him for over 20 years and would never go any place else!
- Dec. 04, 2023
I have been a patient here for a number of years. The staff is very professional and very kind!
- Oct. 30, 2023
Great place, great staff! Dr Pierce is very attentive and professional.
- Oct. 22, 2023
Professional, caring and quick turn around on my order. Appreciated the assistance in searching for ... the right frames for my face and improved vision.
- Aug. 25, 2023
I’ve been going to Dr. Joe for nearly 20 years, and will keep going here until he retires.

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Glaucoma Diagnosis & Treatment in Rosana Square Shopping Center

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Don’t lose sight of your future.

With early detection and treatment, glaucoma can be controlled.

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