Glaucoma Treatment in Northwest Side

Glaucoma Treatment in Northwest Side

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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. Bella Optical 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 Bella Optical, 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 Bella Optical in Northwest Side 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 Northwest Side

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Hours
  • Monday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Tuesday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Wednesday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Thursday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Friday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
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Insurance Plans
  • VSP
  • Medicare
  • United Healthcare
  • Aetna
  • Spectera
  • Medicaid
  • EyeMed
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross
  • 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
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- Apr. 17, 2024
My entire family has been seeing Dr Amir for over 20 years !! Following him around town each time he... moved his practice to bigger space. He is truly an awesome doctor!
- Mar. 07, 2024
Love this place! The doctors and staff are very friendly and helpful.
- Mar. 01, 2024
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- Feb. 20, 2024
I have been going to Bella Optical for 5 years. The entire staff has been attentive, sincere, and ca... ring.
- Feb. 16, 2024
The office is really inviting, and Dr. Garcia really took her time by explaining everything to me.
- Feb. 01, 2024
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- Jan. 30, 2024
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- Jan. 16, 2024
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- Jan. 06, 2024
Dr is very friendly and happy with the visit. Front office staff are great. They are all very welcom... ing and responsive to questions/requests.
- Dec. 29, 2023
It was my first visit here for an annual exam. Dr. Amir and his staff are professional, friendly and... efficient. This was a good experience.
- Dec. 24, 2023
Great experience. Everyone was very professional and friendly. My glasses were in less than 2 wks.
- Nov. 16, 2023
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- Nov. 06, 2023
They communicate very well with each other and with you as a person if you go there for exams they�... �re quick to do any adjustments that may be needed after you get a new pair of glasses and I feel like the doctor the eye doctor is just a very personable person he’s a good people person
- Oct. 07, 2023
Great clinic, professional staff, and an awesome doctor. My wife and I had our annual eye exam appoi... ntments with Dr Amir, and it was a great experience. He made a thorough check on our eyes and provided professional recommendations at the end. Definitely recommend this place.
- Sep. 22, 2023
I highly recommend Dr Amir and the friendly staff at Bella Optical. They are kind to my kids and alw... ays have been so warm and welcoming to everyone. 🙂
- Aug. 22, 2023
Update to first visit: New glasses ready in 8 business days. Fit well & progressive set correctly. ... Once again excellent support & service from staff. I'll be back! Original review: Had great first appointment here since my previous doc would not take my new insurance. Very friendly staff, focused doctor & Lynette was engaged & attentive to help me find glasses & prescription sunglasses. Generally good selection with designer names. Next test is how glasses fit since they are progressive lenses. A 14 business day wait to receive.
- Aug. 10, 2023
Continued great service!
- Jul. 23, 2023
My 4 daughters and I needed eye exams. I called Bella Optical to schedule the appointments and the l... ady I spoke to was super nice. The day of the appointments the staff were helpful and sweet. Our eye doctor was also very nice and answered all my questions. When it came time to pick our glasses we were not rushed and were able to find the right glasses for ourselves. I would definitely recommend Bella Optical on Huebner Road.
- May. 29, 2023
Excellent experience! Staff were friendly and professional, clean atmosphere, and they have specials... on services available.
- Apr. 21, 2023
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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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