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Glaucoma Testing and Treatment

You don't have to face glaucoma alone

Part of reimagining eye care is making sure you have everything you need in one place. From early detection during one of our Next-Level Eye Exams to advanced-stage treatments, our board-certified optometrists will be by your side, helping you every step of the way.

We’re reimagining eye care from the ground up, using a combination of technology and personalized care, helping patients like you find confidence in their eyesight, no matter what trials you may face.

Glaucoma testing and treatment is covered by most medical insurance plans

Self-pay costs start at only $95

Video overview of glaucoma

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What is glaucoma?

Your optic nerve is the main connector from your eye to your brain. It serves as the way your brain processes what it sees. When the optic nerve gets damaged by abnormal pressure in your eye, you are diagnosed with a group of eye conditions called glaucoma.

Glaucoma causes blind spots and ultimately blindness; it is the leading cause of blindness in American’s over the age of 60. The damage this disease causes is not reversible, so it’s important to see a board-certified doctor as quickly as possible.

Advances in new technology make it easier to diagnose glaucoma early, allowing treatment to start, slowing down the progression of the disease.

How is glaucoma detected?

In your yearly eye exam our board-certified doctors inspect the drainage angle of your eye (gonioscopy), measure your eye pressure (tonometry), evaluate your optic nerve (ophthalmoscopy), and test the visual field of each eye (perimetry). These tests provide early detection of retinopathy diabetes, macular degeneration, and glaucoma.

If you suspect that you may have glaucoma, or if you’ve been experiencing changes in your eyesight, schedule an appointment and we’ll evaluate your eye.

Glaucoma testing is not painful and is comparable to a normal vision test.

A patient with an OCT Scan, one of the painless ways we can detect glaucoma. 

How is glaucoma treated?

Summary of how Equinox works

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A patient being treated with Equinox therapy.

Are you at risk for glaucoma?

Glaucoma is painless to diagnose and early treatment can prevent irreversible damage.

All glaucoma testing and treatment services listed with full pricing

"It's possible to live your life, despite having glaucoma. By better understanding your disease, learning ways to manage symptoms, and having access to the latest treatment technologies, we can work together to meet your goals."

Common questions about glaucoma

We want to ensure you feel confident in the health of your eyes. No question is too simple-a diagnosis can be scary and overwhelming.

We’re here to help you every step of the way.

As eye doctors we see varying symptoms of glaucoma depending on the type and severity of the disease.

Common symptoms can include:

  • Red eyes
  • Patchy blind spots in your peripheral (side) vision
  • Blurred vision
  • Seeing “halos” when you look at lights
  • Eye pain
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Severe headaches

For the most common type of glaucoma (open-angle glaucoma), symptoms gradually increase so subtly that it’s hard to notice. Once symptoms do appear, often the disease is fairly advanced.

It’s important to get your eyes checked once a year, especially if you are over the age of 60, have a family history of glaucoma, or if you have certain medical conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, or sickle cell anemia.

The good news is that glaucoma can be slowed and sometimes stopped with ongoing medical care.

It’s important to have a care team who can help you get an accurate diagnosis and define an ongoing treatment plan.

Also, advances in glaucoma treatment are progressing. Innovative technology, like the Equinox system we use here at CLEAR, is helping glaucoma patients live better lives.

Glaucoma occurs when your optic nerve gets damaged by increased pressure in the eye.

Pressure happens with the naturally occurring fluid in your eye (called aqueous humor) can’t drain through a tissue called the trabecular meshwork. When the fluid can’t drain, pressure increases, damaging your optic nerve.

If left untreated, glaucoma will eventually cause permanent blindness. It’s a serious disease that is the leading cause of blindness for people over the age of 60.

If you catch the disease early, the progression of blindness can be slowed and sometimes stopped. People with glaucoma will generally need ongoing treatment for the rest of their lives.

There are four different types of glaucoma:

  1. Open-angle glaucoma: The most common form of the disease. Pressure from the trabecular meshwork in your eye is partially blocked, which damages your optic nerve. This type happens slowly and it’s hard for you to notice changes in your vision
  2. Angle-closure glaucoma (also called closed-angle glaucoma): If the iris in your eye bulges forward, it can prohibit fluid from circulating in your eye, causing pressure. It can occur suddenly (a medical emergency) or gradually
  3. Normal-tension glaucoma: This type happens when your eye pressure is healthy, but your optic nerve still somehow becomes damaged
  4. Pigmentary glaucoma: Pigment granules from your iris build up in your eye’s drainage channels, making it hard for fluid to leave your eye

Access a full spectrum of optical services

In addition to our medical care, we provide the following:

Next-Level Eye Exams

Our exams set a new standard in eye care by using the latest technology to assess your health.
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Surgical Consultations

Just as a primary care doctor partners with specialists, we work with LASIK and cataract surgeons.
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Contacts and Eyewear

Your Personal Optician guides you through choosing the right contacts, lenses, and frames.
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