Glaucoma Management in Modesto

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Protect Your Sight with Routine Eye Care

Glaucoma is a group of progressive eye diseases that damage the optic nerve. Because the optic nerve is responsible for relaying visual data from your eyes to your brain, damage to it can cause irreversible vision loss.

There are many types of glaucoma, most associated with elevated intraocular pressure (IOP), but not all forms of glaucoma are. Many types of glaucoma develop with no symptoms, giving glaucoma the nickname: “the silent thief of sight.”

However, if glaucoma is caught and managed early enough, vision loss can often be entirely prevented. The best way to ensure glaucoma is diagnosed early is with routine comprehensive eye exams. At Stanislaus Optometric Center, Inc., glaucoma testing is included in eye exams for all patients, regardless of age.

Types of Glaucoma

Although there are several types of glaucoma, there are 2 main types: open-angle and angle-closure.

Open-angle glaucoma (also called primary or chronic glaucoma) is the most common form of glaucoma, accounting for 90% of all glaucoma cases.

It occurs when there’s a slow blockage of the drainage canals, preventing the fluid in your eyes (aqueous humour) from draining and causing your intraocular pressure to slowly rise. This condition rarely exhibits symptoms in its early stages, so many patients don’t realize they have a problem until they’ve experienced vision loss.

Angle-closure glaucoma (also called acute glaucoma or narrow-angle) is less common than open-angle and occurs when the eye’s drainage canals close, resulting in a sudden rise in intraocular pressure. Some people have narrow drainage angles, which puts them at an increased risk of developing this type of glaucoma.

Angle-closure glaucoma can be chronic, developing slowly over time, or acute. When angle-closure glaucoma is acute, it’s considered a medical emergency and requires immediate intervention to prevent vision loss.

Angle-closure glaucoma may occur suddenly (acute angle-closure glaucoma) or gradually (chronic angle-closure glaucoma). Acute angle-closure glaucoma is a medical emergency.

Symptoms of angle-closure glaucoma occur suddenly and damage can happen quickly:

  • Blurred or hazy vision
  • Rainbow halos around bright lights
  • Severe eye pain
  • Sudden and severe headache
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Sudden sight loss

How Glaucoma Is Diagnosed

Every comprehensive eye exam includes glaucoma testing. At Stanislaus Optometric Center, Inc.we use a fast-pulse iCare ic100 Tonometer to initially test for glaucoma, and the Goldmann Applanation Tonometer for patients who have glaucoma or are suspected of developing glaucoma.

Goldmann Applanation Tonometry (GAT) is considered the “gold standard” for glaucoma testing for patients needing to be closely watched for glaucoma, or who are known to have glaucoma. While attached to a slit-lamp biomicroscope, GAT uses a tonometer to slightly flatten the surface of the cornea to measure IOP. Both the fast-pulse iCare ic100 Tonometer and Goldmann Applanation Tonometer quickly and painlessly measure intraocular pressure.

Because it makes fast but direct contact with the cornea, the Goldmann Tonometer is used after a mild topical anesthetic drop is placed on the eyes, but the iCare ic100 Tonometer does not require numbing of the eyes. Both methods of IOP measurement ensure you remain comfortable throughout your visit.

Protect Your Sight with Stanislaus Optometric Center, Inc.

Glaucoma is a serious eye disease that requires quick action and prompt management. Regular eye exams are essential to early detection, so please book an appointment today.

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Our Location

 

Find us at 4028 Dale Road, right next to Dale Family Dental and Opti Physical Therapy.

Where to Park?

We have a large parking lot with ample free parking.

Our Address

4028 Dale Road #102
Modesto, CA 95356 9561

Contact Information

Hours of Operation

Monday
8:30 AM5:30 PM
Tuesday
9 AM7 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM5:30 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM5:30 PM
Friday
8:30 AM5 PM
Saturday
Open one Saturday a month
Sunday
Closed
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