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Glaucoma Treatment

Although most people consider glaucoma a single eye disease, it is an umbrella term for multiple disorders that damage the optic nerve. The objective of glaucoma treatment at Helmus Optometry in Davis, CA, is preventing or slowing down the loss of vision caused by glaucoma.

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Understanding Glaucoma

Glaucoma is the second-leading cause of blindness in the United States. It develops as damage to the optic nerve increases from elevated eye pressure. The result is blind spots in the visual field.

Pressure within the eye of an affected patient increases due to accumulated aqueous humor. Early glaucoma treatment can help prevent blindness and slow the progression of it. Once an individual has experienced a loss of vision, it is impossible to restore it.

Eye doctors treat two types of glaucoma: angle-closure and open-angle. Both types can affect the drainage system of the eye. Open-angle patients report blind spots in their central or peripheral visual field, and in some advanced cases, tunnel vision. Angle-closure disease causes eye pain, redness, blurred vision, halos surrounding lights, and headaches. Some individuals complain of nausea and vomiting.

Among risk factors are people over the age of sixty, genetics, specific ethnicity, severe nearsightedness or farsightedness, using corticosteroids on a long-term basis, and having certain disorders such as diabetes.

Our Optometrists Offer Many Treatment Options

Glaucoma is not a preventable condition. Early diagnosis is the key to preserving as much of the patient’s vision as possible. Once diagnosed with this disorder, the individual may face lifelong glaucoma treatment.

All glaucoma therapies seek to reduce pressure within the eye. While the most common treatment is the use of prescription eye drops, some people require systemic drugs, laser therapy, or surgical procedures. In some cases, just type of one medication can reduce pressure within the eye. For others, a combination of drugs might be necessary.

A number of surgical procedures have proven effective. Laser therapy utilizes a high-energy beam to cause fluid to drain more efficiently from the eye. Some patients will require surgery when medication and laser therapy have failed to control pressure in the eye. An eye surgeon creates a flap to improve fluid drainage. An additional option is to implant a drainage valve in the eye to flush fluid properly.

Schedule an Appointment with Our Optometrists in Davis, CA

Your vision is precious. Protect it with regular exams from our optometrists. We can diagnose many eye diseases and provide the most effective glaucoma treatment for your needs. Our staff at Helmus Optometry provides full-service eye and vision care on both a scheduled and an emergency basis. Be sure to call our Davis, CA, office today at 530 758-2122 to schedule your appointment.

 

Testimonials

  • This was my first time getting glasses & I was very pleased with how lovely the staff was! In addition, all of my questions were answered thoroughly & I loved how in-depth my prescription was described to me. The selection of glasses is wonderful! Love, love, love Helmus Optometry! 

    - Andi V.
  • My experience with Dr. Joann Helmus and the team at Helmus Optometry was excellent from start to finish. Office staff were kind and professional. I was confident in the quality and thoroughness of Dr. Helmus' exam. I have already recommended the practice to others. Many thanks to Helmus Optometry for the excellent care!

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  • For over twenty years I have seen Dr. Joann Helmus annually as my optometrist. The very high standard of service and technical knowledge of both doctor and staff has never wavered. Consistently modernizing their examination equipment in providing the most up-to-date exams and accurate prescriptions. Their selection of eyeglass frames is most complete range of style choices. The staff are very knowledgeable of insurance allowances, and discussed with me the many options available. Have many times and will continue recommending this outstanding optometric office to family and friends.

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  • Great optometrist. Fast and quality service always.

    - Logan K.
  • Extremely professional, kind, helpful, staff from top to bottom! Exam was thorough and well diagnosed. Best glasses fitting ever, and that is with progressives. Quick service. I feel staff is very knowledgeable and willing to go to any extent to spend time with you and be helpful. Just moved to Davis and this is a great find. Highly recommend!!

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  • My family have been coming here for years! Always exceptional service and spend the time to figure our insurance coverage details. Highly recommended!!!

    - Pete K.
  • Everyone was so nice and accommodating. Dr. Helmus was very sweet and took the time to really talk to me like a person and not just another dollar sign. They also had a nice selection of glasses in many different styles and price ranges. Most insurance policies are covered here as well. Definitely a plus! They'll always have my business! 

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    Read More - Allyson C.

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