Glaucoma Treatment in Northeast El Paso

Glaucoma Treatment in Northeast El Paso

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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. Eyeland Vision 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 Eyeland Vision, 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 Eyeland Vision in Northeast El Paso 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. 15, 2024
Went today for a virtual eye exam and was not disappointed!!! Everyone who assisted was so friendly ... and informative! Will definitely do another virtual eye exam on my next visit!!!
- Jun. 14, 2024
Absolutely love this place, everyone is so nice, patient, and personable. I won't go any where else ... for my eyes.
- Jun. 14, 2024
I was able to get scheduled the very next day i call! From the moment we walked in everyone was so k... ind! They explained every step and what every test was doing. I went to visit Dr.Andy and he was beyond helpful and kind. I will definitely be coming back! Highly recommend
- Mar. 31, 2024
Real friendly staff . Will bend over backwards in order to help you get the right eyewear that you n... eed.
- Jun. 12, 2023
Working for an optical office I was weary sending my mom here cause of the recent reviews. However m... y mother enjoyed it even though she's a pretty decent critic. Like another lady said in the other reviews, it went well with her. Thanks guys!
- May. 17, 2023
Dr. Kim took care of me, and the entire team made me feel very comfortable, welcomed, and enthusiast... ic to help me. I did my insurance intake online, so the confirmation and check in intake when I got there was very easy. During my exam, I was very comfortable and I genuinely feel like they took the time to truly do a thorough exam, while also explaining what was happening if I had questions. At the end of the “1 or 2” options, I was asked to close my eyes and Dr. Kim flipped through the lenses. When she stopped and asked me to look, I saw clearly for the first time in a long time. She also took time to thoroughly explain everything that was happening with my vision. Before this appointment, I had a dental appointment that absolutely brought me to tears solely due to how I was treated, and then again afterwards at my psychiatrists office. The entire highlight of my day was being at Eyeland and having such a positive experience. Thank you so so much to the entire Eyeland Team that I worked with
- Apr. 03, 2023
I visited Eyeland Vision on 3/29/23 for an eye exam. Dr. Kathy phan took care of me. I want to thank... Dr. Phan and her staff for an excellent and professional work, see you soon. Thanks.
- Mar. 02, 2023
After reading all of the reviews I was nervous about coming here. I'm glad I came though! I didn't h... ave any problems as the staff was extremely friendly and helpful. They gave me my prescription with no issues and didn't force me to try to buy glasses at all. They asked if I wanted to or not but that was it. I was aware of the retina exam before I came in, but they did tell me before I went back and asked if I was okay with that, which for some people might be a deal breaker as everyone has to do it to be seen there and it cost me $45 as most insurance companies seem to not cover it but I was perfectly fine to pay for it and do the exam. That's my personal preference though so that is something to consider. I love that the online appointment system was easy to set up and that they accepted my insurance (Tricare). The doctors were very nice and knowledgeable. I would come back here again!
- Sep. 29, 2022
My family and I are new patients of Eyeland Vision. We recently had a wonderful experience at our fi... rst appointment. Dr. Do & staff are Amazing, and took great care of us!
- Jul. 13, 2022
The appointment making process online is easy to use. The receptionist got me in right away. Everyon... e is smiles and helpful. Dr. Kathy Phan is the greatest. She listened to what I needed and gave me the best prescription ever. I need to see far away and very small details up close and my new glasses work perfectly. Thank you Eyeland Vision! I will be a repeat customer.
- Sep. 14, 2021
Fantastic clinic, look forward to going every time I need a check up. They have very up to date equi... pment and ensure you get a through exam all while being fast and friendly.
- Jul. 28, 2021
Staff was very professional and kind. The Doctor encourage questions and was very thorough in answe... ring. I like that her answers opened up discussion for further inquiry. I left understanding more than I anticipated to discover about the overall health of my eyes. Overall, the experience from the staff and Doctor exceeded my expectations.
- Jul. 21, 2021
The staff is professional and efficient. Waiting time is minimal. Doctor Phan is thorough and precis... e. She took her time and explained all of the procedures. Doctor Phan also inquired about my daily activities in order to better assess my vision needs. I would recommend this Optometrist and her staff to my friends and family.
- Jul. 08, 2021
To whom it may concern, My appointment with Eyeland Vision was great! They took the time to talk me ... through everything and made sure I understood what was being done and why. I had a great check up and will continue to go to them for my eye exams.
- Jun. 26, 2021
Everything was excellent, the staff and Doctors were friendly and professional. No long wait, in and... out.
- Jun. 24, 2021
I Absolutely love this place!! The doctors are very helpful and explain everything so good!
- Jun. 23, 2021
The staff was friendly and courteous and attended to me the minute I walked in the door. The prelimi... nary exams were speedy and I saw the doctor within minutes. I’m very happy and satisfied with my experience there and would recommend it to anybody
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- Jun. 17, 2021
Dr. Holt is very patient, explains every thing in detail even gives advise on things which are not i... n his job. Everyone is very patient and nice take their time to explains things. The whole office is so calm and courteous. You can feel the kindness in everyone. Never felt like this at Western Eye. Thank you everyone for making me feel at home. Ms. Josephine Melendez.
- Jun. 17, 2021
There is never a long wait. Staff is quick and professional and I love the eye glasses selection the... y have.

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