Glaucoma Treatment in Sweetwater

Glaucoma Treatment in Sweetwater

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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. Professional Vision Services - Hillard 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.

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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 Professional Vision Services - Hillard, 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 Professional Vision Services - Hillard in Sweetwater 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.


Glaucoma Diagnosis & Treatment in Sweetwater

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Hours
  • Monday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Wednesday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Thursday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Friday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
Insurance Plans
  • VSP
  • Medicare
  • United Healthcare
  • Aetna
  • Spectera
  • MetLife

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
Patient Reviews
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- Nov. 02, 2023
I've been seeing Dr. Murray for around 25 years. My husband and I both see Dr. Murray. I don’t kno... w if our son still goes to PVS. I saw Dr. Pippo before Dr. Murray. Both doctors are great. Everyone is knowledgeable and friendly. Susie is fantastic! I used to wear special contacts and always an excellent job on them. The frames and lenses are high quality. Glasses come in fairly quickly. I also feel like family. I enjoy my yearly exams because that's when I visit everyone. Not too many of the original staff left. Some have been there so long they've retired. Loved Doreen, Ann, Phil, and Minnie when they worked there.
- Oct. 13, 2023
Outstanding care and service.
- Dec. 30, 2022
Dr. Murray was very thorough and did a great job. I have some severe eye issues and he provided... superior care.
- Nov. 28, 2022
They are quite possibly the friendliest and most helpful vision services staff I've encountered in a... ll my years of needing vision correction. I'm glad I took a chance with them and I look forward to doing further business with them in the future.
- Sep. 06, 2022
Great staff. Dr Murray is awesome. They treat you like family.
- Jun. 20, 2019
Service was amazing! Loved my glasses. Dr.Reed was super nice and helpful. Definitely recommend to a... nyone looking for a new pair of glasses!!
- Jun. 03, 2019
My family of 5 came to this practice because it was recommended by others. I carry on the recommenda... tion. While every practice and profession will have those who felt their level of service inferior, the employees have really worked with my family. We all five have corrective lenses, including both glasses and contacts. They worked to find the correct contacts for me when I needed bifocals. Dr. Pipo straightforwardly explained what I would be gaining or losing with bifocal vision in contacts. He engaged my then preteen sons in conversation to make them feel comfortable. We have been with this practice nearly 8 years. Again, while no practice is perfect every day as no one is, this practice strives to serve, from the front desk to doctors (we’ve seen three different ones) to opticians.
- Mar. 06, 2019
As always Dr. Cozenza is wonderful!!! and my favorite assistant Brenda!!! Great place and very effie... cent!!! Love the practice!
- Aug. 04, 2018
Outstanding service,staff is out of this world.Great prices. I've been coming here for over 35 year... s!. When you walk in you're treated like family. Well worth the trip if you need to get glasses or contacts!
- Jul. 12, 2018
From the moment I walked in (for my initial appointment), I felt welcomed and well cared for. From t... he receptionists, to the technicians, the optometrist and the optician... all were focused on my needs. The technician who worked with me was new (only been there a month), so there were some bumps in that regard; but she knew what needed to be done and was looked in on regularly by her supervisor. Throughout my time with Dr. Pipo, I felt exceedingly reassured that the health of my eyes and vision were of the utmost importance to him. On a number of occasions, he told me that if I had any issues with my eyes: "floaters," stinging or dry eyes, or if there were changes in my vision, not to hesitate to call the office. I'm looking forward to being a regular patient here for many years to come!
- Nov. 13, 2017
Every interaction I've had with every staff member has been truly exceptional! Everyone, from the r... eceptionists and schedulers to the doctors and techs, show that they genuinely care about their patients! Thank you all for being so kind, caring, attentive, and good at your jobs!
- Nov. 07, 2017
Great doctors and great staff!! I love that I can get a complete eye exam with the newest technology... - no more dilating!! Carrying, helpful, efficient - great experience!!
- Aug. 10, 2017
Docs are great, the staff is friendly. Great place for all your vision needs
- Aug. 04, 2017
Very friendly / Very fast service could not ask for better Mike V
- Jun. 27, 2017
Profession Vision Center is fantastic. They doctor was the best, very friendly. The experience was... quick and painless. I would recommend them to everyone!
- Feb. 03, 2017
Excellent service , very polite , friendly
- Aug. 06, 2016
great place, great people, great service. when my husband and i go there were are treated like fami... ly. my eye Dr found that i needed to see a specialist, as i had high pressure in my eye, and he referred me to a great Dr in Meriden Ct. just love this place and the people.
- Aug. 05, 2016
Awesome place. They really know how to treat their customers. Very friendly staff,always looking to ... please the customer. No need to go anywhere else, one visit and you'll agree that professional is what their all about.
- Feb. 24, 2016
Dr. Pipo is the best! The staff are friendly and the service is great. I can see much better now. Wa... y better than the big-box store I was going to. They also carry a huge selection of frames.
- Aug. 06, 2012
My husband, son (3 years old) and I saw Dr. Murray. He was AWESOME. He did a fantastic job with my ... son, keeping him interested and using kid-appropriate ways to test him. The staff was friendly and helpful. We had a few minutes to wait in the office, but I think it was only because it was the end of the year. Our contacts arrived in a timely manner. I can't say anything about glasses, because neither of us needed to change our prescriptions much. I highly reccomend them.

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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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Don’t lose sight of your future.

With early detection and treatment, glaucoma can be controlled.

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