Glaucoma Treatment in New Castle

Glaucoma Treatment in New Castle

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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. Preferred EyeCare - New Castle 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 Preferred EyeCare - New Castle, 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 Preferred EyeCare - New Castle in New Castle 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. 08, 2024
Dr and staff are amazing. 10/10 recommend
- Jun. 04, 2024
Best in New Castle! I recommend Preferred Eye Care to all! Fast and easy and staff was extremely f... riendly and helpful!
- Apr. 16, 2024
The employees were very helpful and polite they have a wide section of frames
- Mar. 10, 2024
Staff was wonderful. I love my new glasses.
- Feb. 23, 2024
Took my daughter here and everyone was really friendly and helpful. She had to get glasses and they ... were ready with in a week. Very friendly and welcoming.
- Jan. 05, 2024
This was my first visit, and I was treated very courteously. Dr. Kieninger did a thorough exam and I... am confident in her diagnosis. Even printed me a Good RX coupon. I couldn't ask for anything more.
- Sep. 28, 2023
Always friendly and Contact order to delivery is always faster than predicted. Dr.Jessica is very n... ice and listens.
- Aug. 28, 2023
Dr. K is the best!!!!
- Jul. 03, 2023
They have been wonderful I appreciate you all more then you know! Thank you!
- May. 25, 2023
Everyone was wonderful! Gabby had lost her glasses and mine had gone through the washer and were ext... remely warped. They were able to order Gabs a new pair and actually repaired mine.
- Apr. 26, 2023
I actually felt that the Dr. and staff took the time to listen to me and heard my concerns. I had a ... great experience and I'm glad I switched to Preferred EyeCare
- Mar. 19, 2023
They have the best selection in glasses for Medicaid patients and everybody there is soo friendly!!!...
- Jan. 02, 2023
Having had glasses since I was 18 months old, I've seen several eye doctors over the years. Dr. Kien... inger and Preferred Eye Care have been the best by far! They are always so kind and helpful, along with being thorough and professional. I recommend them to anyone looking for an eye doctor!
- Dec. 21, 2022
Very friendly professional staff
- Dec. 17, 2022
I have always taken my kids to the same location for over 10 years. Some of the people have changed ... but the atmosphere has stayed the same. Friendly, fast, accurate and patient with my kids.
- Dec. 05, 2022
Everyone was very friendly and professional. It was a pleasant experience
- Dec. 01, 2022
Couldn't have had a better appointment. It was very easy to get through and the staff were very prof... essional. I would suggest this place to anyone who asked me where to go to get their eyes checked or to get glasses that's for sure. Stop in and check this place out they've got a wicked amount of different eyeglasses to choose from.
- Nov. 18, 2022
Everytime I'm there is a very pleasant experience, everyone is very kind and considerate. ❤️
- Nov. 18, 2022
Everyone in the office is so nice and they all do a wonderful job to assure that my eyes stay health... y. I appreciate you all very much!
- Nov. 16, 2022
My last visit was so horrible I really did not want to return,made an appointment went in and left a... nd did not return till today against my better judgement because I love the eye Dr. there my experience was not with her at all she is great it was with front desk and glasses tech who is no longer there she was not the only one either and they are still there. My visit today was awesome accourse the Dr. was great, technician for choosing my glasses her name was Shelby and she did a great job, patient, informative, involved ,for first time I purchased extended insurance on my glasses I am also coming back to get another pair next month and sun glasses in January, I am sooooo glad my visit was good I have been coming there for a long time I did not want to leave mainly because the Dr. Being so good, thanks

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Don’t lose sight of your future.

With early detection and treatment, glaucoma can be controlled.

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