Glaucoma Treatment in Pawtucket

Glaucoma Treatment in Pawtucket

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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. Family Eye Care Services 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 Family Eye Care Services, 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 Family Eye Care Services in Pawtucket 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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- May. 12, 2024
Excelent workers very professional and friendly
- May. 11, 2024
Excellent choice for professional eye care.
- May. 04, 2024
Dr. Kaplan and staff provide excellent services and are always attentive to our needs.
- May. 04, 2024
We have been going to Family Eye Care for years. Dr. Kaplan is thorough, listens to our needs and is... a super nice guy. His staff is also friendly and efficient. I highly recommend this practice.
- May. 01, 2024
Great Doctor and great staff
- Apr. 06, 2024
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- Apr. 05, 2024
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- Mar. 22, 2024
Great service and customer care it's a big difference appreciate the time they took with me as a Wal... k in the service here has always been top tier strongly recommend the whole team to everyone.
- Mar. 20, 2024
been coming to family eye care services since i was a child and never had a problem, Dr. Kaplan is a... sweetheart, and for the person stating the the girl with the purple hair is rude, no she is not she very professional at what she does, you just didn't get your way and commenting like a child in grammar school.
- Mar. 07, 2024
Staff here are above standard when it comes to customer care. Big shout out to Cheryl, Mercedes, Th... e Doc, and rest of the staff. Always greeted me with a smile and its really like being around friends or family. They really care and it shows.
- Mar. 07, 2024
Good professionals and good customers service
- Feb. 04, 2024
A great place to go for your eye exams and eye glasses
- Jan. 12, 2024
I've been going to family eyecare services since I was 6. I never have a problem. They're very hones... t ppl. Not just trying to make 💰. They advised me against contacts which was great that they were honest with me. Anywhere else would've showed me the contacts. I'm glad Dr. Kaplan Jr. Took over when Dr Kaplan Senior retired. They treat me like family.
- Dec. 29, 2023
Excellent Dr. and service
- Dec. 16, 2023
Best eye care around. My whole family has been coming here for years, wouldn’t go anywhere else!
- Dec. 16, 2023
I’ve been going to this practice since I was 15 years old. Dr Kaplan and his staff are like family... to me.
- Dec. 01, 2023
I have been coming here since I was in highschool. Dr. Kaplan and his staff are lovely and professio... nal
- Nov. 28, 2023
As always left happy, been a patient there for at least 20 years maybe more always satisfied with ev... erything.
- Nov. 22, 2023
Clean environment and positive energy
- Nov. 15, 2023
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Glaucoma Diagnosis & Treatment in Pawtucket

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