Glaucoma Treatment in South Denver

Glaucoma Treatment in South Denver

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. Eyes Of The World - Washington Park 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 Eyes Of The World - Washington Park, 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 Eyes Of The World - Washington Park in South Denver 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. 20, 2024
My doc was closed and I needed some emergency contact lenses. Not only was the staff super friendly/... conversational, they saved my irresponsible butt and got me some lenses for the week.
- Jun. 27, 2024
Friendly and kind staff who take the time to assist you.
- Jun. 09, 2024
Amazing frame selection and helpful staff!
- May. 21, 2024
Can’t say enough great things about Eyes of the World. Great staff and exceptional drs.
- May. 15, 2024
Great experience and very helpful staff
- Apr. 20, 2024
A reliable and kind team offering optometry and a nice selection of quality eyewear brands.
- Apr. 19, 2024
Such a great experience today! Everyone was so nice to me (even though I was late for my appointment... ). Also, post-exam Bailey helped me maximize my insurance coverage so I could get new glasses and contacts at the best price. She also helped me pick out my new frames and I felt like I had a friend helping me get the frames that would look cute and match my price point! I wish all healthcare professionals were like Eyes of the World. I plan to be patient for a long time. Thanks so much for the great care and experience today!
- Apr. 12, 2024
This place is awesome! The staff is friendly and they were able to see me right away for my appointm... ent. 10/10 for atmosphere and service!
- Mar. 20, 2024
Love this place! Everyone is friendly, helpful, and I appreciate how they make sure you are well tak... en care of and offer the best selection of glasses
- Mar. 05, 2024
Everyone there always goes above and beyond to make me feel comfortable and cared for. I really appr... eciate the work from everyone here and always appreciate their kind customer service as well
- Feb. 19, 2024
Great all-around service experience
- Feb. 12, 2024
I really enjoy my visits here. Staff are fun, helpful.
- Jan. 26, 2024
Great staff!
- Jan. 11, 2024
Eyes of the World keep clientele the center of attention.
- Jan. 10, 2024
I love Dr Baird. I had a really nasty virus in one of my eyes a few years back and she was so kind ... to me. It was scarey but she gave me peace of mind knowing she was watching out for me. I’m her patient for life!
- Jan. 06, 2024
I have been going here for many years, both the city park and wash park locations, and have always h... ad great service. I m have seen a few doctors over the years and liked them all. I saw Dr Kamibayashi last night and had an excellent experience. I learned a lot about how to keep my eyes healthy and reduce eye dryness. Paxton and Roman were also very friendly and helpful. You can find cheaper vision care, but they are truly worth every penny!
- Nov. 08, 2023
Such delightful staff, willing to spend time and offer honest opinions.
- Oct. 22, 2023
Everyone I interact with is so friendly and helpful! Appointments can be stressful and it’s nice t... o know that these won’t be 🙂
- Oct. 13, 2023
On time appointment. Thorough exam and explanation of condition by Dr. Channing. Appreciated handlin... g of referral for further evaluation.
- Oct. 06, 2023
super friendly, let me ask questions, great staff

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Don’t lose sight of your future.

With early detection and treatment, glaucoma can be controlled.

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