Glaucoma Treatment in Fredericksburg

Glaucoma Treatment in Fredericksburg

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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. Premier Eyecare, Angela Tsai, O.D. and Associates 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 Premier Eyecare, Angela Tsai, O.D. and Associates, 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 Premier Eyecare, Angela Tsai, O.D. and Associates in Fredericksburg 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. 13, 2024
Everyone is professional, kind, and on point! I appreciate all of the above. Dr. Tsai is knowledgeab... le and love her style! 💕
- Jun. 05, 2024
Dr. Stephanie Lambertson and the entire team were very friendly and thorough on my issue. The front ... staff was extremely helpful and kind. I will definitely be coming back for any and all eye care I may need.
- May. 29, 2024
Dr Church and staff were very thorough, caring. and efficient.
- May. 21, 2024
Dr. Tsai and her staff are awesome. Everyone is very friendly and helpful with answering questions. ... Dr. Tsai puts you at ease immediately and walks you through any issues or questions you may have. She's also wonderful with kids. Highly recommend!
- May. 16, 2024
Dr. Stephanie Lambertson was excellent. The optometry technician who works with her was also very go... od. There was also very little wait time.
- May. 11, 2024
Dr. Tsai and her staff are the very best in the region. My family of 4 drives 1 hour each way to her... location because of our incredible experience and vision success. 5 Stars. Thank you Dr. Tsai!!!
- May. 07, 2024
My wife and I were recently seen by Dr. Church at Premier Eyecare, and as usual, we received top tie... r service, attention, and care upon reception, throughout the appointment, and also with the optical technician providing expert fitting and measurements for our glasses that we ordered. We highly recommend this practice to everyone.
- May. 04, 2024
They have given me the most accurate eyeglass prescription I have ever had using the Neuralrns techn... ology. Also, detected glaucoma and got my eye pressure down from 27 mmHg to 15 mmHg in 1 month of treatment. I credit them with my new higher quality of life and can't thank them enough for saving my eyesight.
- May. 02, 2024
Everyone was super friendly. They even enjoyed my dad jokes.!
- May. 01, 2024
Dr. Church is absolutely fantastic. He is able to easily work with my four year old son and interact... with him to do a full eye exam. He has a way of keeping my child's attention and I’m confident the glasses he has are a correct prescription. Everyone at Premier Eyecare is always kind and helpful to my family.
- May. 01, 2024
Excellent doctor, explained all issues in language I understood, exercised patience and the office s... taff was also excellent.
- May. 01, 2024
Professional and friendly. I will happily recommend to everyone
- Apr. 30, 2024
Dr. Church is a very caring and concerned practitioner. He verifies your current condition then adv... ises you on next steps. Easy to understand and very friendly.
- Apr. 29, 2024
Excellent care.
- Apr. 19, 2024
Great service. Took me in shortly after I arrived and reported in.. Everyone was kind and profession... al. Would recommend them to my family and friends.
- Apr. 18, 2024
I was a new and unannounced patient. My contact had split and part of it was stuck in my eye. They l... et me right in and took care of everything. Very professional and very skilled both by all the staff and the provider.
- Apr. 17, 2024
My child needed an emergency appointment for something on her eye. The staff were compassionate and ... went out of the way to help us. She received the best care! Dr treated her quickly and kindly; explained everything and we both left feeling relieved (and better). Absolutely wonderful experience.
- Apr. 16, 2024
Dr. Church is a great Dr. very thorough and easy to talk to. Explains everything.
- Apr. 16, 2024
Dr. Church is a great doctor and highly recommended to anyone!
- Apr. 12, 2024
A great experience as always. Receptionist was great, Dr Church was very professional and figured ou... t my problem. Check out was very helpful. Definitely recommend!

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Glaucoma Diagnosis & Treatment in Fredericksburg

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With early detection and treatment, glaucoma can be controlled.

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