Glaucoma Treatment in Dayton

Glaucoma Treatment in Dayton

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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. Shawnee Optical - Dayton 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 Shawnee Optical - Dayton, 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 Shawnee Optical - Dayton in Dayton 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 Dayton

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Hours
  • Monday 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Tuesday 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • Thursday 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Friday 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
  • May. 27 Closed
Insurance Plans
  • VSP
  • Medicare
  • United Healthcare
  • Aetna
  • Spectera
  • Anthem
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • 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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- May. 05, 2024
Everyone was quite courteous and personable and knew exactly what they were doing. Dr Hardin was gr... eat she discovered things with my eyes that Cincinnati Eye Institute didn't even find I was thrilled with my experience there.
- May. 04, 2024
The staff at Shawnee Optical is so very friendly and they make you feel so welcomed. Dr, Hardin is ... so professional and so very nice. She explains things to you whereas you understand what’s going on.
- Apr. 22, 2024
Best eye doctor and caring staff in town!
- Apr. 04, 2024
The staff here are top notch! So kind and helpful. Dr Hardin is a true gift!
- Mar. 26, 2024
All women; very professional; very thorough. I could not be happier with my experience there.
- Mar. 25, 2024
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- Feb. 28, 2024
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- Feb. 23, 2024
I LOVE Dr Hardin and her staff! They are all so nice and knowledgeable. You never feel rushed or pre... ssured and Dr Hardin KNOWS HER STUFF! She’s the best eye doctor I’ve ever been to.
- Feb. 14, 2024
Dr. Harden is caring, thorough, personable, and explains things extremely well. The staff is caring,... personable, and competent.
- Dec. 28, 2023
The place is always clean and staff are very helpful. If you are utilizing insurance they do a great... job of making sure you get the best bang for your buck. Very happy to have a reliable doctor for all my questions.
- Nov. 23, 2023
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- Nov. 12, 2023
Dr. Hardin is passionate about her job and I actually look forward to eye exams. Her entire staff at... Shawnee Optical is excellent.
- Nov. 05, 2023
Dr. Hardin is the best eye doctor I've seen. She takes her time with exams and thoroughly explains h... er findings. She is kind and you can tell she really cares about her patients. Her staff are a joy to enteract with also. They are all friendly and helpful. You can tell they enjoy their jobs. Would highly recommend Shawnee Optical!
- Oct. 28, 2023
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- Oct. 01, 2023
Doctor very thorough during examination. Staff helpful and friendly.
- Sep. 22, 2023
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- Sep. 11, 2023
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- Sep. 06, 2023
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- Sep. 03, 2023
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- Aug. 11, 2023
The team at Shawnee Optical was welcoming and efficient the moment I walked in the door. Dr. Hardin ... offered in-depth explanations of my eyes that no other optometrist has ever bothered to provide and she was available to answer any additional questions I had. The team even went above and beyond to help me save money on my prescriptions which was a thoughtful and much appreciated gesture. Do yourself a favor and go see the team at Shawnee Optical.

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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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