Glaucoma Treatment in Savage

Glaucoma Treatment in Savage

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. Savage 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.

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 Savage 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 Savage Eye Clinic in Savage 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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- Jun. 20, 2024
Very happy to have stopped by for new glasses
- Jun. 20, 2024
Family friendly, professional staff. Online scheduling system is really convenient!
- Jun. 19, 2024
Great office with great staff!
- Jun. 14, 2024
Wonderful place and friendly staff
- May. 15, 2024
Very friendly and knowledgeable staff!
- May. 05, 2024
Very professional doctors!
- Apr. 04, 2024
perfect !!!!
- Feb. 10, 2024
The staff is so helpful and friendly. Highly recommend!
- Feb. 04, 2024
I had been seeing spots/flashing lights at the corner of my eye for a couple days. I learned this co... uld be an emergency, needing immediate retinal surgery to repair a tear! I messaged the office late at night. First thing the next morning, they called and I came in. The nurse who did the initial testing was terrific and explained and addressed my concern. Dr. Asman came right in, listened to my concern and did a full exam. I told her I was dealing with some *severe* anxiety and couldn’t imagine lying awake and still for up to 2 hours having my eye repaired! Luckily, it wasn’t a tear, I have some spots that cause the same symptom of the flashing lights. (If you or someone you know is having that happen, get to an eye doc immediately!) Had I in fact had the retinal tear, she told me she has a doc who would get me in within 30 minutes to do the surgery! Every person in that office from reception, nurse, doc was as kind, patient and gracious as can be. I don’t know to recommend someone more highly.
- Dec. 12, 2023
Maggie does a great job, eyes are important, go see her.
- Dec. 11, 2023
Great care and easy to work with.
- Nov. 07, 2023
I had a great experience, wonderful staff and doctor, my glasses were ready days later (not a strong... prescription but still) I really appreciated my experience there.
- Oct. 21, 2023
Best experience you can ask for in an eye clinic. Highly recommend!
- Oct. 19, 2023
What a great experience! Everyone was so friendly, respectful and very thorough. I am certainly ple... ased!
- Sep. 15, 2023
The staff was excellent in helping me calm down after I was late to get to the appointment because I... was in unfamiliar territory in Savage! Dr King was very helpful in telling me what I should do & how long this would last.
- Aug. 21, 2023
The friendly service starts when you walk in the door to the doctor and the staff that helps you pic... k out your glasses. They take their time to make sure the glasses work for you on your face and determine what your insurance will cover as well as down to what you want on your lenses. My son goes here as well and now my husband will be going there.
- Aug. 12, 2023
Great place to have your eyes cared for!
- Jul. 27, 2023
Dr Stout is very knowledgeably. Both he and the staff are also personable. He and the staff were a... ble to answer every question I had concerning my condition. I have been pleasantly surprised that there is an eye clinic so near me that can handle all of my needs.
- Jul. 23, 2023
Where to begin... Let's start with a "friendly reminder of my appointment" call. That was pretty coo... l. Then I get there and I must say, WOW, the staff is amazing. I can not find the words to state how awesome my visit was. Had a blast laughing with the young lady at the desk. Let's throw in about another 1000 cool points because she rides a motorcycle. The doctor was very knowledgeable, considerate, and helpful, I feel these accolades don't give enough justice. And the icing on the cake, to round out the bases coming in to home plate, the young woman who helped with my lense and frame selection, OMG, amazing. Super knowledgeable, great delivery, honest, and tries her best to get you savings. Overall, all in all, I highly recommend it. But who am i for you to listen to me? I'm just a guy who was blown away by this incredible staff, business, and experience.
- Jun. 21, 2023
Great experience with Savage Eye Clinic! Great and friendly staff that made the scheduling, eye exam... and picking out eyewear an awesome experience!

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Glaucoma Diagnosis & Treatment in Savage

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Don’t lose sight of your future.

With early detection and treatment, glaucoma can be controlled.

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